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Two-front war with China, Pakistan cannot be ruled out: Indian army chief

NEW DELHI -UNS: Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that the possibility of a two-front war with China on the North and Pakistan to the West cannot be ruled out.

“As far as the Northern adversary is concerned, flexing of muscles has started. Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits or threshold is something we have to be wary about. Remain prepared for situations that are emerging gradually into conflict,” he said about China, according to NDTV.

He warned that a war with China could easily end up involving its long-term ally, Pakistan. “Whether these conflicts will be limited and confined in space and time, or whether these can expand into an all-out war along the entire front with the Western adversary (Pakistan) taking advantage of the situation developing on the Northern border is very much likely.”

His remarks come just a day after Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Xinping met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Xiamen in China.

President Xi stressed to PM Modi that it’s important for relations between the two countries to get on “the right track.”

In mid-June, Indian soldiers crossed the border at Sikkim to stop China from constructing a new road on the remote Dokalm Plateau that Beijing considers its own, though India backs Bhutan’s claim to the region.

China accused India of “illegally transgressing” into its terrain.

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