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Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha brushes aside Chinese reaction to Agni-V launch

Reacting to Agni V test-firing, Chinese Foreign Ministry had expressed concerns if the test launch complied with UN Security Council rules and safeguarded South Asia's strategic balance.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: December 28, 2016 4:55 pm
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Brushing aside Chinese reaction on the test firing of long-range nuclear capable missile Agni-V, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Wednesday said India should carry on with its task of building deterrence capability. In an apparent swipe at China, he said one should not talk about someone else doing something unless it is prohibited like nuclear proliferation and went on to add that it is “common knowledge” as to what is happening in this region “in terms of collusion, transfer of technology which is forbidden”.

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Underlining that India is only building up its deterrence capability, Raha, who is also the Chairman Chief of Staff Committee, said the country will have to build its capability “in order to strike deep into adversary’s heartland” which will act as a deterrent.

The Agni V missile, with an over 5000 km range, covers the entire China.

Reacting to the missile test-firing, Chinese Foreign Ministry had on Tuesday hoped that it complied with UN Security Council rules and safeguarded South Asia’s strategic balance.

“I think in international diplomacy, normal diplomacy or military diplomacy, these posturing and signalling will always be there.

“So we should just go about with our task, meet our own requirements, security challenges,” Raha said addressing a press conference here days before he demotes office on December 31.

Not mincing words, Raha said he will not like to comment on what somebody else is doing unless it is prohibited.

“Like nuclear proliferation, which is common knowledge to everyone, what is happening in this region, in terms of collusion, transfer of technology which is forbidden. This is all common knowledge. I am not saying something new,” he said, without naming any country.

The IAF chief stated that India is legitimately developing its capability indigenously and he does not think anyone should complain about it.

Raha said India is “obviously building up” capability not to actually fight a conflict as it believes in peace and tranquillity.

“But we also know we have been drawn into conflicts several times in the past. So going by historical experience, we have to build our capability. Capability to deter. How do we deter an adversary who is strong? We have to build up capability in order to strike deep into adversary’s heartland, take on targets effectively which will hurt the adversary,” he said.

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  1. Vihari Naidu
    Dec 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    Collusion and transfer of technology, he didn't mince any words.
    1. A
      Dec 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm
      India should m produce long range nuclear missiles if we want to deter chinese. we also need to train our para military forces along with army yearly 45 days so that we have 3 million soldiers available to counter 2.3 million strong chinese army. We need to start building nuclear bunkers in all big cities to show s that we are prepared for any nuclear situation. yearly m drill should be conducted for civilian authorities how to respond in case of nuclear emergency or war ( Russia recently did one). Chinese only respect strength !
      1. V
        Dec 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm
        Indian needs to develop Hydrogen bomb. I will support that decision. We also need to develop Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMS) with multiple warheads (MIRS) on it. We are going to be under attack from China and stan simultaneously. Thisway, at least one successful firing can take care of both the adversaries. We Indians are left to our devices to fend for ourselves. We don't have big daddy NATO or CHINA to protect us. We are going to have to do all this by ourselves. Let's be true hian-in defence we are pacifist. In offence, we must be ferocious.
        1. M
          Dec 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm
          Well India will catch up and overtake China in the coming years. But when India wants to stand on its own suddenly the Russian friendship is missing. I think we should look to overtake Russia also in the short run itself.
          1. M
            Madan mohan
            Dec 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm
            Absolutely right.We should prepare our-self to defend our country men forlt;br/gt;fall of necluer threat and mishep.We we have very dangerous enemy around us.We should not trust Pak and China .
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