"They have arrived well before the intended time than we had thought they would arrive," Rawat said at an event organised by the Vivekanand India Foundation.
Last week, China unveiled its largest defence spending increase in three years, setting an 8.1 per cent growth target this year, fuelling an ambitious military modernisation programme and making its neighbours nervous.
Today, China is the second largest economy in the world.
"While China ensured that their economy must rise, they did not forget the rise of their military power.
"They ensured that while their economy was developing the military power must rise simultaneously and that is why they are strong today in the international world order challenging the might of the United States of America, which was until now the sole security provider," he said.
Rawat also said strong economic growth is only possible with a strong defence.
"We cannot become the net security provider if the economy does not keep pace with the changes," Rawat said.
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