New Delhi, Jan 12: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that India is ready to take on any aggressive manoeuvre by China. Rawat acknowledged that confrontation with Chinese soldiers has increased on its border. Emphasising that India should focus on its northern borders, Rawat said China is a powerful country but India is not a weak nation.

“The time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border. The country is capable of handling China’s assertiveness. China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation,” the Army chief said.

Commenting on recent developments in US-Pakistan relations, Rawat emphasized the US cannot expect from India to do its job in the region. “It would be too premature to start saying that everything is going to be hunky-dory. Let’s not expect US to do what we are expected to do,” said Rawat. (Also Read: Threat of Chemical, Biological Weapons Becoming a Reality: Army Chief Bipin Rawat)

Acknowledging the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the US, General Rawat averred it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Pakistan, India and the extended neighborhood.

Rawat, commenting on increased incidents of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control, said Cavalry Fighting Vehicles (CFV) have been increased to destroy Pakistan posts that support infiltration.

“The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did. Pakistan is sending messages regularly to return to ceasefire. We are ready, but we will continue till we see decrease in ceasefire violation,” he added.