Guwahati, October 23
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said China’s ambitions and aspirations to global power presented an “omnipresent danger” to stability in South Asia.
Beijing making investments in region
Of late, we are witnessing huge investment by China in Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to gain strategic foothold in the region. General Bipin Rawat, CDS
China is making “huge” inroads in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean to strengthen its position as an emerging global power, he said while delivering the first Ravi Kant Singh Memorial Lecture here.
He said China’s foray into Myanmar and Bangladesh were not in India’s interest as these were attempts to “engulf “ India. The General also said Pakistan’s state-sponsored terrorism against India was a stumbling block in the peace process between the two countries. He described the ‘partnership’ between Pakistan and China on a range of issues, from China providing military hardware to Pakistan and supporting it in international fora, as an “anti-India nexus”. — PTI