Dragon and Elephant Dance are the only correct choice choice for India and China, Xi Jinping said after a meeting with PM in Oct 2019. This was the second informal meeting since the two leaders met in China's Wuhan in April 2018. Calling for a long-term plan to develop India-China relations, the Chinese President who had lengthy meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi said bilateral differences should not be allowed to "dilute" the cooperation and the dance of the dragon and the elephant is the only "correct choice" for both sides. This series explores the India-China relationship, it's legacy and contemporary issues and what it would take to transform this relationship?
Outgoing Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has been named as India's first Chief of Defence Staff. General Rawat retires from service on 31 Dec, 2019 after completing a full three-year term as the Chief of Army Staff. General Rawat is the first officer to hold the post of the Chief of Defence Staff announced by PM Modi earlier this year. The CDS will function as a single-point advisor to the government on matters related to the military and will focus on better synergy between the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.
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Chief of Defence Staff CDS: Responsibilities of the first CDS
To meet the myriad nature of challenges militaries have to develop arms and weapons systems that are able to meet the contemporary challenges. Can a democracy like India constantly aim for state of the art weapons, do our budgets provide for it? What is the progress on indigenisation and why is India's defence industry not being able to modernise and indigenise at a faster pace?
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in his maiden press conference said that as far as PoK or Pak Occupied Kashmir is concerned, there’s a parliamentary resolution that all of Jammu and Kashmir, including the region occupied by Pakistan, belongs to India. If Parliament wants and gives orders, the Army will take appropriate action, he added. His predecessor and the current CDS (Chief of Defence Staff) has been far more strident when it came to PoK.
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Army Chief Narvane: Army is ready to claim POK after govt’s order