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Chinese come every year, return after getting beaten up: Former Army Chief Gen Naravane on Tawang clash

Updated: December 16, 2022 12:53 pm

On the skirmish with the Indian Army in Tawang, Arunachal, former Army Chief General MM Naravane called China a hoodlum and a street hooligan. General Naravane said that the Chinese army considers itself the smartest and professional military of the 21st century, but their actions do not seem more than hoodlums and street fighting. Retired General Naravane was talking to news agency ANI. He was asked whether the way China tried to unilaterally change the status of LAC in Yangtse area of Tawang sector on December 9, was it similar to 2020 (violent clash in Galwan Valley)? In response to this, the former Army Chief said, ‘It is not just about 2020. They (Chinese Army) try this every year. Every year they make two-three such attempts to enter our territory and each time they face embarrassment.’

General Narwane said that the Chinese army has fallen to such an extent that it is doing hubbub and street fighting. He raised the question – Has the People’s Liberation Army of China stooped to the extent of hooliganism and street brawls? Or is it the professional army of the 21st century? ‘On the one hand, they try to demonstrate technical prowess and on the other, they are coming with spiked batons. This is ridiculous. India is the country which has shown the world that it is possible to respond to a neighbor’s bullying. I can confidently assure the entire country that we are always ready, we are ready to respond to whatever is thrown at us.’

The former Army Chief said that for many years China has been trying to change the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). It is taking it step by step–salami slicing. On the question of Galvan Valley, he said that during the skirmish in Galvan, the best answer was given by our army. On June 15, 2020, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash between the two armies in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh, while 38 Chinese soldiers were killed. However, the People’s Liberation Army of China had only accepted the fact that 4 soldiers were killed.

General Naravane explained the reason for the clash in Tawang. He said that we have always been patrolling till PP15, but Chinese soldiers were trying to stop us from going to the patrolling point. This was completely unacceptable. To prevent us from patrolling, they had set up a small post, to which we strongly objected. Despite this,they remained adamant that they would not go back. On this issue, our army protested more vocally. After this, the Chinese soldiers came with more numbers. There was a clash on PP15 on this matter. Although our army was efficient enough to send them back.

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