World taking note of India’s firm response to Chinese aggression

NEW DELHI | Updated: 30 September, 2023 1:33 pm IST
Indian Army chief hails firm stance against chinese aggression, asserts india's political and military resolve

NEW DELHI: Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande on Friday said that India’s firm stance against Chinese aggression after the deadly Galwan Valley clashes has sent a strong message to the world about New Delhi’s political and military resolve.

“The resolute and firm manner in which we stood up to our northern adversary (China) during the events of April-May 2020 has made the world take notice of our political and military resolve of a rising India,” Pande said while addressing the 118th annual session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI).

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He also slammed Beijing for its attempts to undermine India’s territorial sovereignty. “With its economic heft, China has been looking at geopolitical and trade agreements as a zero-sum game. Concurrently, Chinese belligerence is evident in its continuous propensity to project power outside its region and present a threat to rule-based organizations,” he said.

The chief of Army staff (COAS) praised India’s foreign policymakers for taking an unflinching stand on the issue of ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

“Our stance on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict is a good example where we stood steadfast and clear towards addressing legitimate pursuits of our national interest, he said, adding, “The dividends are evident in our pursuits as part of a bilateral and multilateral grouping, international solar alliance, global biofuel alliance, coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure, trade agreement.”

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“Our foreign policy is playing a dynamic role. Our stance in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war shows our diplomatic strength,” he added.

Pande also hailed the success of the G20 summit despite countries being divided on various issues. “The successful conduct of the G20 meet shows India’s growth and development despite global agendas,” he said.

He also stressed the need for the Indian Army to transform into a technology-driven force. “The Indian defense industry is rising. 120 indigenous projects are underway. Wide participation of the Indian defense industry is proof that it believes in adopting best practices,” he said.

The military leader also spoke about the recently introduced Agneepath scheme, which was met with backlash from some quarters. He said that the scheme is pathbreaking and will help the youth financially. He also said that the ex-Agniveers will carry a unique resume that will help them to become good human beings.

Edited By: Saumya Shukla

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