Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that New Delhi is hopeful of a resolution with Beijing soon over the standoff near LAC.

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Tuesday tore into India’s adversaries while addressing the annual media conference, launching targeted attacks at Pakistan and China over their continued provocations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC), respectively.

He was stern in his statement to Pakistan over the cross-border terrorism near the Kashmir Valley, and said that India will choose the time and place of retaliation and will hit back with precision.

“Pakistan continues to embrace terrorism. We have zero-tolerance for terror. We reserve our right to respond at a time and place of our own choosing and with precision. This is a clear message we have sent across,” General Naravane said.

He said that the security forces have maintained high level of alertness along the borders.

nd a detailed roadmap has been laid out to meet the challenges of the future.

“We have maintained a high state of alertness all along the northern borders. We are hoping for a peaceful solution but are ready to meet any eventuality.

All logistics taken care of. A broad roadmap has prepared to bring in all the new technologies to develop a technology-enabled army to meet challenges of future… We are very clear that we will not tolerate terrorism,” the Army Chief said.

His statement comes a day after reports claimed that around 10,000 Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops.

In Eastern Ladakh have pulled back from their hostile positions near India.

“Every year PLA troops come to traditional training areas. With winter and completion of training period, training areas have been vacated.

It will be fair to assume those troops who were in depth areas in Tibetan Plateau have gone back.

And that’s the reduction in strength on the plateau,” he said.

“Talks (between India and China) will used to address the issues on the basis of mutual and equal security… Hope we will be able to reach an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation… There has been no decrease in strength either on their side (China).

Or our side as far as the friction points our concerned,” he said.