Till Tibet is settled, army chief Naravane must hold back on China border issue

Till Tibet is settled, army chief Naravane must hold back on China border issue

Not only does this show a shift in the defence position, but his statement is also a clear indication that under his leadership, the Army intends to enhance its capability from the northern borders, such as in the northeast.

Even though there isn’t any immediate threat of any kind – standard or non-conventional – on the northern front, where India shares a border with China, Bhutan, and Nepal, the Army chief’s statement can’t be dismissed as simply’taking over office’ speech.

We have been giving attention. The northern front now also requires an equal amount of attention,’ he told the press after taking over as the 28th leader of the Indian Army, succeeding General Bipin Rawat, who is currently India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

Equally significant was Gen Naravane’s assertion that the force is capable of dealing with any security challenge. The warning from the chief of the second-largest army in the world – almost 14 lakh active staff, 11.55 lakh reserve forces and another paramilitary force of 20 lakh recruits – should not be dismissed by our errant neighbour, Pakistan. The Army chief’s reference to Balakot strikes while reiterating that’India reserves the right to pre-emptively attack’ in the sources of terror assumes greater importance.

The Narendra Modi government has since 2014 revealed that while there is not any radical change in New Delhi’s foreign or defence policies, the response mechanism has surely changed, and for the better. The Army chief’s reiteration that a’new normal’ in India’s response mechanism to acts of cross-border terrorism has been phatically’ displayed will be adequately taken note of not just by Islamabad but also the string-pullers in Beijing.

It should be noted that China’s response was muted, to say the least. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who had at the time stressed on the need for preventing escalation and solving the matter through dialogue, met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in December to present China’s border talks plan with India, nearly indicating how Beijing would react in the event of another such’pre-emptive’ strike.

After this meeting, China suggested a fairly new draft framework to resolve the long-pending border dispute that India is now going over.

Since that proposal, the Army, after change of guard at the bottom level, has outlined not only the focus area – the northern boundary – but the’how’ as well. ‘We don’t need to be competitive but firm.’ Certainly, the Army is laying it out how it would go about achieving what the chief had earlier described as’eventual solution’ across the India-China border.

But is it needed?

India-China border dispute has a number of strategic locations all along the non-demarcated former India-Tibet border – from Aksai Chin to Arunachal Pradesh. Aksai Chin, the uninhabited high elevation wasteland that lies in Ladakh and Xinjiang province connects China to six countries and also to India through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

China has refused to include Aksai Chin in border talks under the pretext that the region, ceded to it illegally by Pakistan, is part of the’disputed’ area of POK. New Delhi has contacted Beijing that India’s stand on Aksai Chin remains unchanged from the time Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had described Aksai Chin as’part of the Ladakh region of India for centuries’ and that this northern boundary was a’firm and definite one which was not open to discussion with anyone’.

This explains China’s discomfort over India’s move regarding Article 370 and the creation of two Union Territories from the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state followed by the subsequent statements on POK by External Affairs Minister Jaishankar -‘PoK a part of India and we expect one day that we’ll have physical jurisdiction over it’

Army chief General Naravane, when asked about these statements that were regular on’taking over POK’, stated that’the Army analyses strategises and all threats accordingly’. In simple English, it merely means that the Army is ready to execute any strategy that the political and security establishments would prepare for it.

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Chinese automaker all set to come in Indian Market

Chinese automaker all set to come in Indian Market

Chinese automaker into the market via a post on its India Twitter page. We will showcase its variety of cars at the 2020 Auto Expo and already know that the firm is currently looking for a location to set up its facility.

For the India run of the GWM, we assume that the Haval brand are the focus. The Provider’s page shows the H6, along with the Ora R1 and the flagship. The H9 is closest to SUVs like the Fortuner and Endeavour. In its home market, it is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor good for 217PS and 324 Nm. This pairs using a ZF-sourced eight-speed auto plus a four-wheel-drive system with low range.

The Haval H6 is a monster, similarly proportioned to the MG Hector. Like that SUV, this too is quite tech-heavy and includes a fully digital instrument cluster, dual-zone air-conditioning, a suite of driver assistance systems, panoramic sunroof and LED lighting, among other things. The H6 includes two engines in China. The first of them is a 1.5-litre unit with 163PS and 280Nm. The other is a 2.0-litre unit with 190PS and 340Nm. Both come with a DCT.

The Ora R1 is the proposition. In the Chinese market, prices for the R1 beginning at RMB 59,800 or just over Rs 6 lakh after government subsidies. It is going to be the EV available, if launched here. The specs are encouraging, the R1 uses a range of over 300 kmph and a 35 kWh battery.

Great Wall Motor is an important player in the automobile market. It is the biggest seller of SUVs and pickup trucks in that country and sells about 10 vehicles a year. The company was established in 1984, and has been one of the few independently owned Chinese car firms to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The GWM headquarters are located in Baoding, Hebei, China. Since 1998, when its Steed pick-up became the bestseller in its segment, it sells more than 1 lakh units in the domestic market alone, the company has grown quite fast.

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