Miffed by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s salami slicing comment, state-run Chinese media on Friday called COAS a “big mouth” and said there are two India; one is thriving like China and the other provoking the dragon.
The state-run daily Global Times, in an editorial, said that Rawat has such a “big mouth” and with his statement - “India should be ready for a two-front war against China and Pakistan” – “could ignite a hostile atmosphere between Beijing and New Delhi”.
The article further asked, “Where does the Indian Army’s confidence come from?”
“Can India bear the consequences when it has both China and Pakistan as its adversaries at the same time? Should the Indian Army simulate a military rivalry with its Chinese counterpart before letting Rawat speak?”
Undermining India’s military strength, the article read, “China’s military supporters rarely viewed India as a potential military rival of China.”
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat had said on Wednesday that possibility of a two-front war with China and Pakistan can’t be ruled out and people of India should be ready for this.
Rawat said that China is resorting to salami slicing (a series of many small actions, performed by clandestine means, to achieve bigger goals or results that would be difficult to perform at one go) and testing out limits of threshold which could gradually emerge into conflict.