New Delhi: Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Saturday that if the Chinese army is to stay in eastern Ladakh, so is the Indian Army.
General Naravane referred to the military build-up and infrastructure development by the People’s Liberation Army across the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“It is a matter of concern that the large-scale buildup that occurred last year (when the border row erupted) continues to be in place,” the army chief was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“To sustain that kind of buildup, there has been an equal amount of infrastructure development on the Chinese side. It means that they are there to stay. We are keeping a close watch on the developments. But if they are there to stay, we are there to stay too,” Gen Naravane said at a public event in the national capital.
According to Naravane, India has taken countermeasures and matched Chinese moves. His comments come at a time when the rivals are planning to hold the 13th round of talks to take disengagement at friction points on LAC forward is expected to take place next week, reported HT.