Air Marshal downplays US report on Indo-China war

Last Updated: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 21:11

Bangalore: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja Friday
indicated that the armed forces were not strengthening themselves for a "limited conflict" with China, as claimed by
the US intelligence.
"The US intelligence publishes reports specially
pertaining to other countries ... our strong armed forces are
more of deterrence to enemies eyeing our territories," he told
reporters here.

India does not have any territorial aspirations and is a
peaceful country, Kukreja said, adding, "to maintain peace,
the country needs to have strong armed forces."

Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper had
said a few days ago that "The Indian Army believes a major
Sino-Indian conflict is not imminent, but the Indian military
is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a limited
conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance
Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean."
India is looking at peaceful interaction with nations in
the wake of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying Indian
strategic interests have extended up to countries like
Vietnam, Kukreja said.

Asked if the US was having any motive behind predicting
limited India-China conflict, he said "I can`t say there is
any motive ... Every country has self-interest and it works
accordingly."

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 21:11

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