New Delhi, Jan 12: Chinese troops have maintained their presence in Doklam on the border though their numbers have thinned, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday.
Addressing the media ahead of the Army Day on January 15, he said road construction had been on in Doklam since 2000 but the Chinese soldiers had come close to Tosa Bala, dividing north and south Doklam in June last year just before the India-China standoff started.
He said the Chinese had come with a large manpower and equipment.
“We felt they will try to claim the whole Doklam… It was also posing a threat to us as it was changing the status quo,” he said.
Gen Rawat said the Chinese presence in the northern part of Doklam continued but has thinned out and the level of activity has also gone down.
The Army chief stressed on shifting focus to the country’s boundary with China in the north.
“The focus has to shift to the northern borders. We have focused too long on the western side,” the Army chief said.
About increase in border transgressions and contact between Indian and Chinese soldiers, he said the numbers have gone up as India had deployed more troops in more forward positions along the border.
In the schools in Jammu & Kashmir, what teachers are teaching should not be taught. In schools in J&K, there can be seen 2 maps, one of India another of J&K. Why do we need a separate map for J&K? What does it teach the children? Army Chief added.
The Army Chief also informed about the republic day parade practice accident, he said,”In one of the rehearsals 3 jawans fell down the boom rope. It should not have happened. We have begun an investigation but it must not discourage soldiers: Army Chief Bipin Rawat on 3 jawans injured during practice for Army Day on 9th January 2018.”
It is not because we saw a threat. Chinese troops were very well equipped. So we felt why not send better quality equipment for our own jawans – better jackets and helmets. It shows that we are better prepared, Army chief told on Stylised bulletproof helmets
With Inputs From IANS AND ANI