New Delhi: Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “India is prepared to face any situation in Doklam. India will protect its sovereignty at any cost.” Only a few hour ago, Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale had warned that if China tried to change the situation on the border, there can be a repeat of Doklam. One day before this, Indian Air Force Chief Dhanoa had claimed that Indian readiness and capacity along the eastern border is superior to China. This follow-up statement by the Defence minister also proves to be a warning to China.
India has maintained a state of preparedness as there could be any sort of tension with China. Defence Minister Sitaraman made a statement that India has the capability to face any situation in Doklam and also warned that India will protect its sovereignty. At the same time, Sitharaman claimed that India is consistently making efforts to modernise the defence forces. With these statements, this is the third stern warning issued by India to China in the last three days.
Indian Air Force Chief, B.S. Dhanoa had claimed that there was no reason to worry as the Indian preparedness and capacity along the eastern border is superior to China and also clarified that if need be the Air Force has been permitted to use the civilian airports for its operations. The Air Force Chief also informed that the proposal for the funds provision necessary for increasing the capacity on the eastern border has been already submitted to the central government. Within a day of this, Indian Ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawale warned that if China tried to alter the situation on the border, there could be a repeat of Doklam.
It was clear from this that the Indian Ambassador wanted to remind China that they had fallen on their face, without making an explicit mention of the Doklam Standoff. The Defence Minister followed this with a warning to China regarding the Indian preparedness. There are indications that China has started to intensify its activities near the Indian border. A few days back, China handed over the control of the army deployed near its Indian border to the ‘People’s Liberation Army’. This means that all the movements of the Chinese army deployed at its Indian border will be controlled directly by the Chinese President. This is a very sensitive issue and it makes it clear that China is preparing to take some aggressive decisions in this sector.