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2 Front War Cannot Be Ruled Out, Says Army Chief After Doklam Standoff Ends

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| September 7 , 2017 , 08:03 IST

The 73 day standoff at the Doklam plateau between Indian and Chinese troops came to a diplomatic end recently, which was followed by a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping who agreed that such incidents should not recur, however, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has not yet ruled out a possible 2 front war.

As the Doklam standoff marked the worst military confrontation between India and China in decades, Army Chief Rawat has said that the possibility of a two-front war against China in the north and Pakistan to the west cannot be ruled out.

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"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," Rawat said speaking about China.

"Whether these conflicts will be limited and confined in space and time, or whether these can expand into an all-out war along the entire front with the Western adversary (Pakistan) taking advantage of the situation developing on the Northern border is very much likely," he added.

In the past, General Rawat had stated that the armed forces are ready for a 2.5 front war, referring to China, Pakistan and internal.

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China's road building exercises in the Doklam plateau area, which is contested by Bhutan and China were objected to by Indian troops, after which China accused Indian troops of trespassing into their land, while India maintained their troops were on Bhutanese land. The standoff stretched into months and threats of 'military action' were made by Chinese media.

The standoff came to an end a week before the 9th BRICS Summit held in Xiamen, China and as PM Modi attended the event, he held bilateral talks with President Jinping, with both leaders agreeing to avoid incidents such as the Doklam standoff.