‘Indian Army preparing for limited conflict with China’

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Thursday, February 09, 2012 Press Trust Of India

Noting that India is increasingly getting concerned about China‘s posture on its border, a top US intelligence official on Wednesday said that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a “limited conflict” with China.
“Despite public statements intended to downplay tensions between India and China, we judge that India is increasingly concerned about China’s posture along their disputed border and Beijing’s perceived aggressive posture in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“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,” he said.

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Analysis: India’s military reformation may be too little too late

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Buglers from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force arrive to pay their respects at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial on Gandhi’s death anniversary at Rajghat in New Delhi January 30, 2012

By Frank Jack Daniel

NEW DELHI — India’s 1.3 million-strong armed forces, hobbled by outdated equipment and slow decision-making, are undergoing an overhaul as defence priorities shift to China from traditional rival Pakistan.

And like a refit of the imposing but dilapidated defense ministry on Delhi’s grand South Block, it’s a plodding process.

Defense chiefs are hurrying to modernize ageing weaponry as China reinforces a 3,500-km shared but disputed border through the Himalayas.

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