Army Chief for 'some checks and curbs' on internet, social media

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
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The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday rejected media reports of troop build up in Doklam plateu, where India and China were involved in a stand-off past year.

India has withdrawn its military from Doklam since it does not actually have a claim on the region - their troops entered Doklam to support their Bhutanese allies and to oppose the sudden appearance of the Chinese.

On January 15, 2018, China had hit out at General Bipin Rawat for calling Dokalam a disputed territory and had said that his "unconstructive" comments were not helpful for maintaining peace at the borders. "Is the government, Prime Minister, defence minister aware of these constructions?"

"Our attention has been drawn to some reports that question the accuracy of the position stated by the government in respect to the situation in Doklam", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. "Even Sushma Swarajji said (this) in Parliament. At that point, there was no reason to question her statement", he said. "It seems that the Modi government is living in a make belief cuckoo world of TV studio warfare, superbly engrossed in loudmouth rhetoric by hired commentators that for them the line between "virtual" and "real" has completely vanished!" he said.

The standoff was resolved after Chinese troops stopped road building and India withdrew its troops from the area.

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"China is trying to find a way out of the mess it had made at Doklam and it is struggling because of its aggressive posturing".

"Under such background, the unconstructive remarks by the Indian senior official (Gen Rawat) not only go against the consensus reached by the two heads of state but also do not conform to the efforts made by the two sides to improve and develop bilateral relations", Lu had said.

Surjewala said: "In October, Modiji announced at a public rally that Doklam issue as a victory".

Speaking during an interaction at Raisina Dialogue, now underway at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital, General Rawat said terrorists already have access to high-tech weapons and with increasing collusion between the state and terror elements, it is possible that terrorists could also get access to weapons of mass destruction. However, the satellite imagery released in media reports suggest that Chinese troops have constructed military establishments. "But while their troops may have returned and the infrastructure remains, it is anybody's guess whether they would come back there, or it is because of the winter they could not take their equipment away", Rawat said during a session in the multi-lateral "Raisina Dialogue". Surjewala said the Congress party would always press for disengagement of conflict in Doklam between India-China-Bhutan through "diplomatic means" in a manner that protects India's strategic interests in toto and avoid unwarranted provocation of conflict. "But we are also there, so in case they come, we will face them", he said.

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