China calls General Rawat's comments over realigning military focus 'unconstructive', says will deter peace between nations

15 January 2018, 06:49 PM
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat - File Photo
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat - File Photo

China sharply criticised Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat over his remarks on shifting military focus from Pakistan to China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang was commenting on General Rawat's statement that also said that if China was strong, India was not weak either.

Kang said that the remarks made by Rawat were "unconstructive" and would hurt peace and tranquillity in the border area.

"During the past one year, relations between China and India witnessed some twists and turns," said Kang. he insisted that the bilateral relations between the two countries had reached a consensus and were improving.

"Under such background, the unconstructive remarks by the Indian senior officials not only go against the consensus reached by the two heads of state," said Kang.'

Asked what were General Rawat’s specific comments that China is taking exception to, Lu pointed to the Indian Army chiefs remarks on Dokalam wherein he said it is a disputed territory between Bhutan and China.

First Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 06:06 PM
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