- Army chief Bipin Rawat warns of "two-front war" with China, Pak
- China says his remarks contradict those of Xi, PM Modi
- The leaders met two days ago in China, spoke of mutual cooperation
"Just two days ago, President Xi Jinping pointed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries are each other's development opportunities, not threats," said Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Chinese government. "We don't know whether he was authorised to speak those words or it was just his spontaneous words or whether his words represented the position of the Indian government," he said.
Yesterday, the army chief said at a think tank in Delhi that China's "flexing of muscles has started." He accused China of "Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits or threshold" and raised the possibility of India having to contend with Pakistan taking advantage of any military conflict between India and China.
The Doklam confrontation began in mid-june when Indian troops crossed the border at Sikkim to stop China from constructing a new road on the plateau. China claims the area as its own, but India backs Bhutan's claim to it. India said the road would threaten the security of its northeastern states. China has not commented on whether, as part of the de-escalation, it has abandoned its plans for the road. Indian sources say Beijing has removed its bulldozers and other road-making equipment.