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China poses challenge to realisation of India's strategic goals: IAF chief

China poses a more significant and long-term challenge to the realisation of India's strategic goals, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Air Marshal V R Chaudhari
Air Marshal V R Chaudhari

poses a more significant and long-term challenge to the realisation of India's strategic goals and its aggressive intent is visible in the rapid enhancement of the operational infrastructure of its air force, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said on Wednesday.

In an address at a seminar, he also said that there is a need for a robust communication by New Delhi to the world that today's India has the capability and "more importantly" the will to respond at a level that it deems appropriate while defining the "escalation matrix".

The Chief of Air Staff also said that China's "hegemonic and sometimes entrapping policies" can provide opportunities for India to leverage areas of both trade and defence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari also said that Pakistan Air Force has continued to acquire new assets and upgrade its air defence capabilities while making a transition from fighting a predominantly defensive war to adapting to a more aggressive approach for an "offensive defence under the nuclear umbrella".

He said both the Chinese and Pakistani air forces significantly enhanced military capability in terms of equipment and infrastructure.

"In my assessment, poses a more significant and long-term challenge to the realisation of India's strategic goals," the Chief said.

He said China's "growing imprint" will surely increase contestation and competition in the economic domain and it will attempt to keep India engaged on issues relating to the unsettled borders.

"Its aggressive intent is visible in the rapid enhancement of PLA Air Force's operational infrastructure in terms of aircraft and additional airfields in the Tibet autonomous region," he said.

The Chief of Air Staff said India has demonstrated its capabilities during the standoff on the northern border while the country was handling national Covid response.

He said India's security dynamics involves multi-faceted threats and challenges.

"As a nation, there is a need for strong and robust strategic communication. It should be made clear to the world that today's India has the capability and more importantly the will to respond at a level where we deem appropriate and define our own escalation matrix," the Air Chief Marshal said.

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First Published: Wed, December 08 2021. 13:10 IST
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