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Himalayas can't save India from China, need military power: Army Vice-Chief

Said, 'On the North, we have China with a large landmass, huge resources, large standing Army'

ANI  |  New Delhi 

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A signboard is seen from the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: Reuters

Vice-Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sarath Chand has asserted that would continue to remain a threat for in the future.

Addressing a joint seminar of the Army's Master General Ordnance and Confederation of Indian Industry, Lt Gen Chand said, "On the North, we have which has a large landmass, huge resources and a large standing Despite having the Himalayas between us, is bound to be a threat for us in the years ahead."

Chand said that a large portion of Chinese defence spending remains undisclosed.

"As the second largest in the world it is racing to catch up with the US.," he observed.

Lt. Gen. Chand said that Pakistan, being a smaller country with a smaller economy, chose to needle unconventionally rather than engaging in a full-fledged war.

He also stated that continues to be one of the most "volatile regions" in the world, adding, "being in the centre of it, is the security provider for this region."

"needs to become economically strong in order to have influence in the area and to secure ourselves. The world recognises strength, both economic and military," he added

On June 16, Chinese troops tried to construct a road through the disputed Doka La Plateau which was physically blocked by Indian troops in the area triggering the present standoff.

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 13:24 IST