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Air force on strong wicket vis-a-vis China: IAF chief

Air force on strong wicket vis-a-vis China: IAF chief
New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Birender Singh Dhanoa asserted on Thursday that the IAF was on a "strong wicket" vis-a-vis China.
The air chief marshal's statement comes days after Indian Army chief voiced concerns about China's military buildup in the Doklam region, where the troops of the two nations were engaged in a stand-off for over two months last year.
"The air force is on a strong wicket against China. Whatever requirements are there from the budget, have been sent to the government," Dhanoa said while addressing a press conference here.
Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping, while addressing the 13th National People's Congress, had said that China would not cede a "single inch of land".
He also heaped praises on the Chinese military forces, saying that they were the 'stepping stones' in building a strong China.
China will not cede a "single inch" of its territory to others and is ready to wage a "bloody battle" to assume its due place in the world, a belligerent President Xi Jinping, now enjoying a life-long tenure, Xi Jinping asserted.
In a 30-minute fervently nationalistic speech at the close of the National People's Congress, the Communist nation's rubber-stamp Parliament, Xi said: "since modern times, rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation has become the biggest dream of our nation".
Though Xi made no mention of any territorial issues, the country has been involved in a number of disputes with some of its neighbours.
Besides the border dispute with India, China claims rights over the disputed islands in East China Sea under the
control of Japan and vast stretches of the South China Sea where it is firmly asserting its control.
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan have counter claims over the strategic South China Sea.



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