Former Indian Army Chief General V P Malik has concerned that China may try to forcefully occupy Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India anytime and that India has to step up the vigil along the Chinese border in that region. Malik, addressing a symposium on How prepared India is to defend herself organized in Nagpur by the local daily ‘The Hitavada’, also stated that China may even forcibly occupy some of the territories in North-West India.
Malik also voiced his concern to the fact that the Chinese Defence budget has gone up by 11.5 percent but Indian policy matters are not even discussing the raise.
Besides Malik, former Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis and former Admiral Sushil Kumar also participated in the event. The two former service chiefs stressed importance on the need to engage Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar to counter the threat and adopt a long-term foreign policy.
Speaking about the Kargil war, Admiral Sushil Kumar said the Indian Navy had deployed its ships in the Arabian Ocean though the war was fought on hills by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. But we succeed in blocking Pakistan’s supply chain through the sea route which was a key factor in our victory, – said the Admiral.
Former Air Chief Marshal AY Tipnis spoke about the need for government to government, military to military and people to people interaction in the sub-continent.