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India cautiously watching China's military growth: IAF Chief

October 5, 2010

Economic Times
October 4, 2010

NEW DELHI -- Observing that India is watching
"with caution" China's military modernisation,
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik today said
anything that impacts on the nation's growth is a matter of concern.

"Anything that upsets the growth of the nation
(India)...is a matter of concern. It is viewed as
such and planned for," the Air Chief said at his annual press conference here.

"All neighbours -- borrowing Chanakya's quotes --
have to be watched with caution on the impact and
growth of our nation. So we watch all neighbours,
be it the smallest or the largest, with caution," he said.

He was responding to a query on what he thought
of the military infrastructure development of China and also by it in Tibet.

However, he said, India strongly believed in the
sovereignty of every neighbour and their right to
do what they wanted within their country's
boundaries. "We are neighbours and we must
respect the sovereignty of each country."

He said the IAF's modernisation plans were
"capability-based and not adversary-specific" and
that it was dictated by the national aspirations.

"Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that
India's area of responsibility extends from
Hormus Straits to the Malacca Straits and beyond.
Yeh hoga future mein (It will happen in the
future). We see what capability is required to
meet this aspiration and accordingly
modernisation and procurements are planned," he added.

Naik said the procurement plans of the IAF stood
on "four pillars of see, reach, hit and protect."

Asked if the IAF too was tweaking its doctrines
to match the Army's new doctrine of preparing for
a two-front simultaneous war with Pakistan and
China, Naik said, "Air Force prepares for
multi-front war. It is not single-front or other front or something.

"It is in terms of allocation of forces that you
distinguish. Otherwise, we are preparing for
multi-dimensional, multi-faceted, multi-front war."
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