China bonhomie back, but we are prepared for any exigency: Army chief

China bonhomie back, but we are prepared for any exigency: Army chief

Rubbishing all the media reports indicating thick presence of Chinese army at the site, Ministry of External Affairs said the "the status quo has not been altered and any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate and mischievous". "But we are also there, so in case they come, we will face them", added. Rawat also insisted that the PLA soldiers were not in the same numbers in the North Dolam (Doklam) area as they were at the time of the (India-military) stand-off.

India's military was merely bluffing and is not as strong as it claims, an expert said following the harsh remarks made by Indian military officers towards China.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had said that his comments went against the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit in September 2017 to bring ties back on track and preserve peace on the border.

The Congress on Thursday hit out at the government, accusing it of being caught "snoozing" and busy in "false bravado" and "headline management", while the Chinese increased its military build-up in Doklam. There are no new developments at the face-off site and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement.

The Chief of Army, Bipin Rawat, stated at a recent press conference that the Chinese Army was pushing waters at the India China border, and the Indian Armed Forces are fully prepared and have the capability to deal with any kind of retaliation on the border front. "They have carried out some infrastructure development, which is mostly temporary in nature", General Rawat had said.

He did not directly respond to a question about Gen Rawat's earlier remarks about major reduction of Chinese troops from the Doklam area and reiterated China's stand that the area belonged to China.

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"I think the bonhomie (between India and China) has returned to what was prior to Doklam, so I don't visualise a very serious trouble".

The face-off had started after Bhutanese and Indian troops had stopped a Chinese road construction team at Doklam, which India considers Bhutan's territory.

"But, now the number of face-offs with the Chinese on the LAC has shot up by 48 per cent a year ago".

Congress leaders had today targeted the government following some reports that the Chinese army was engaged in more build- up around the region.

Joined by the Indian army, the ITBP urged the Chinese workers to return to their side of the border.

The Doklam territory, known as Donglang in China, lies near the area where India, Bhutan, and Tibet meet.

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