China’s belligerence creates regional imbalances in Indo-Pacific region: Army Chief

New Delhi: China’s rising footprints in India’s neighbourhood  has created “confrontation and mutual distrust”,  Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said.

Addressing a seminar, Naravane said that “Sino-US” rivalry has created regional imbalances and instability in Indo-Pacific region.

The hostility towards weaker nations and its relentless drive to create regional dependencies through initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative speaks volumes of Chinese belligerence, the Army Chief added.

The Army Chief’s comments came in the midst of the disengagement process between Indian and Chinese armies in Pangong Tso areas in eastern Ladakh. The disengagement process has come after nine months of standoff.

Gen Naravane stressed on unleashing the potential of the Northeastern region as part of measures to balance the influence of China. Dwelling upon the internal front, Gen Naravane said infrastructure development has been marred by numerous challenges.

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