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India can counter Chinese threat: Army Chief

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 00:45

New Delhi: Rubbishing the chances of a repeat
of the 1962 Sino-Indian war which China won, Army Chief
General Deepak Kapoor today said the Army was "capable of
defending" Indian territory and ward off any aggression.

"The Indian Army is capable of looking after and
ensuring the defence of the country. It would take care of any
aggression against Indian territory," General Kapoor said.

"The charter of the Army is to defend Indian territory
at all costs. This talk of repeat of 1962 is totally incorrect
and uncalled for," he said.

Stating that "offensive action" could not be part of any
credible defensive posture, the Army chief added that his
force was "sincere to ensure the defence of our country to the
last drop of our blood."

The Army, Kapoor said, had the requisite capability to
defend the Indian territory even if it means deployment of
force multipliers. Strengthening and modernisation of the
forces was a dynamic process, he added.

"It is an ongoing process and modernisation of the Army
is going on. The Chinese too are modernising People`s
Liberation Army. We need to build our capabilities to be able
to meet the challenges whenever it appears," he told a private news channel.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 00:45
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