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Army Chief Bipin Rawat's Arrogance Taints India's Image, Says Chinese Media

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| September 8 , 2017 , 15:52 IST

Despite the Doklam plateau standoff between Indian and Chinese troops coming to an end, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, said that a "two-front war" cannot be ruled out, a sentiment which has been slammed by Chinese media in view of the successful bilateral meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the sidelines of the BRICS Summit.

Describing China as the 'adversary' to the North, General Rawat said "As far as the Northern adversary is concerned, flexing of muscles has started. Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits or threshold is something we have to be wary about. Remain prepared for situations that are emerging gradually into conflict."

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An editorial titled "Rawat's arrogance taints India's image" was published in China's The Global Times on Friday which alleged that Rawat's statements "sent the completely opposite message" about India-China relations than the "positive signals about bilateral ties" that were made during the meet between PM Modi and President Jinping.

“Just two days ago, President Xi Jinping pointed out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries are each other’s development opportunities, not threats” Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Chinese government said.

“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 added, referring to the Army Chief.

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The editorial said, “Rawat’s remarks came just a little over a week after China and India ended their border standoff in the Doklam area. The Chinese and Indian leaders just met during the BRICS Xiamen Summit and sent positive signals about bilateral ties. While many people believe it is time to leave the episode of the border standoff behind, Rawat has sent the completely opposite message.”

“It seems that there are two Indias, one that is thriving and as one of the BRICS countries the same as China; and the other that keeps provoking and tangling with China. Should we embrace the first India or teach the second India a lesson?”, read the editorial.