Army chief General MM Naravane has said that the current situation in Ladakh is stable and there is hope that the border issue with China can be resolved through ongoing dialogue but expressed confidence that India would come out victorious if any conflict arises.
The officer said that while disengagement has been achieved at several locations, in no way has the threat been reduced on the border and the army remains strongly deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “War or conflict is always an instrument of last resort. But if resorted to, we will come out victorious,” the Army chief said.
Saying that the PLA will be dealt with in a firm and resolute way, General Naravane said that the Army is more than adequately prepared to deal with any military ramifications of China’s new land border law.
“We have continued to maintain the highest levels of operational preparedness while at the same time engaging with the PLA through dialogue,” the Army chief said, adding that the capabilities of troops as well as infrastructure has gone up multifold in the past year and half years after border tensions at Ladakh.