Air Marshal Dismisses US Report on India-China War
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A top military officer today dismissed a US intelligence assessment that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a "limited conflict" with China, asserting the country's armed forces are more of deterrence to rivals.

"The US intelligence publishes reports specially pertaining to other countries ... Our strong armed forces are more of deterrence to enemies eyeing our territories," Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Training Command, Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja told reporters here.

India does not have any territorial aspirations and is a peaceful country, Kukreja said, adding, "to maintain peace, the country needs to have strong armed forces."

Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper had early this week said, "The Indian Army believes a major Sino-Indian conflict is not imminent, but the Indian military is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a limited conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean."

India is looking at peaceful interaction with nations in the wake of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying Indian strategic interests have extended up to countries like Vietnam, Kukreja said.

Asked if the US was having any motive behind predicting limited India-China conflict, he said "I can't say there is any motive ... Every country has self-interest and it works accordingly."

To a query if Chinese acquisitions were a cause of worry for India, Kukreja claimed, "Chinese technology is not sound compared to India's."

"Of whatever I have seen in the market ... Chinese toys break within two months ... A DVD and a camera lasts for one month ... Whatever we are acquiring and developing is far better than the Chinese ...," Kukreja said.

Replying to another query, he said the armed forces are prepared 24/7 365 days and there should not be any cause for worry on "war" preparedness.

"Even though we have not been at war for over four decades, we are prepared 24/7 for 365 days," he added.
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Feb 04, 2012
01:16 AM

  It is good to have confidence in ones strength but it's foolishness to call any opponents weak. Chinese spy network, intelligence and reverse engineering (and manufacturing) skill is far better than India. Some recent reports (available on net) suggest that Chinese have (and have been stealing) stolen very sensitive technologies from the US (that includes design for low yield nuke weapon, missiles, stealth etc.). I’d rather not judge their defense equipments capability by comparing those with mere toys and DVDs tech. I guess comments are made to make Indian people more relax.

JIM, Mumbai
Feb 03, 2012
10:36 PM

Granted we may not start a 'Limited' war as stated in US report, but we would be 1962 foolish if we are not preparing for such limited war.

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
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