Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Corre­spon­dent letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

HY­DER­ABAD: In­dia is not expecting a war with China on the bor­der is­sue, but it is fully pre­pared to meet any con­tin­gency aris­ing out of the con­flict on the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC), Air Chief Mar­shal RKS Bhadau­ria said in Hy­der­abad on Saturday.

The In­dian Air Force (IAF) chief said In­dia will al­ways be pre­pared to de­fend its ter­ri­to­ries. His re­marks came against the back­drop of the big­gest con­fronta­tion with China in decades in which 20 sol­diers, in­clud­ing a colonel, were killed in the Gal­wan val­ley on June 15.

“It should be very clear that we are well-pre­pared and suit­ably de­ployed to re­spond to any con­tin­gency. I as­sure the na­tion that we are de­ter­mined to de­liver and will never let the sac­ri­fice of our braves of Gal­wan go in vain,” he said, ad­dress­ing 123 newly grad­u­ated IAF cadets, in­clud­ing 19 women cadets, at the Air Force Academy at Dundi­gal.

He also in­ter­acted with re­porters af­ter re­view­ing the com­bined grad­u­a­tion pa­rade. Bhadau­ria said the air force, for tac­ti­cal rea­sons, can­not dis­close where and how the de­ploy­ments will be made. “We know what their (Chi­nese) fields are. We know what their air fields are, where they are de­ployed, what are the op­er­a­tional bases,” he said.

Re­ply­ing to a query on his as­sess­ment of the LAC sit­u­a­tion, he said the army was in full con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion at Gal­wan val­ley. Bhadau­ria said: “You are aware of the talks that are hap­pen­ing at the mil­i­tary level...but we are pre­pared for any con­tin­gency.”

At the same time, he said all ef­forts are be­ing made to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion peace­fully.

RKS Bhadau­ria

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