‘Talks are on for next round’: IAF chief RKS Bhadauria on India-China border dispute

India Air Force (IAF) chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Saturday confirmed that a decision for another Commander-level talks with China regarding the situation at Eastern Ladakh will soon be taken as “talks are on” for the next round.

He also said that the Indian forces are regularly monitoring the ground reality in terms of deployments or any changes on the Indian as well as the Chinese side.

While speaking about the border situation between India and China in Eastern Ladakh, the IAF chief said, “Talks are on for the next round. There’s a proposal for Commander-level talks and decisions will be taken.”

The first attempt is to continue with talks and do disengagement of balance friction points and follow it with de-escalation,” he added.

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria further said, “In parallel, the ground reality is being monitored closely in terms of current leftover locations, deployments, or any changes. We are taking all required actions on our parts.”

Indian Air Force undergoing monumental transformation’

The IAF is undergoing a monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies due to rapidly evolving security challenges coupled with rising geopolitical uncertainty in the neighbourhood and beyond, IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria said.

Addressing a Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, he said, “IAF is undergoing a monumental transformation. Rapid infusion of niche technologies and combat power in every facet of our operations has never been as intense as it is now.

This is primarily because of the unprecedented and rapidly evolving security challenges that we face, coupled with the rising geopolitical uncertainty in our neighbourhood and beyond.”

Noting that the last few decades have clearly established the critical role of air power in achieving victory in any conflict, he said it is in this backdrop that IAFs ongoing capability enhancement assumes tremendous significance.


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