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13 January 2018, 03:59 | Brandon Parsons

Army chief General Bipin Rawat during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. | PTI

Army chief General Bipin Rawat during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. | PTI

"We have to have good firewalls and systems", said Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat in Delhi.

"We have the possibility of more movements after the winter is over".

"The PLA has occupied the northern Doklam area".

Asked about Chinese incursions, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone".

General Rawat said the time had come for India to shift focus from Pakistan to its northern border, asserting that China may be powerful, but India is not weak either. "Should they (the Chinese) come in again, we will take a call on how to deal with it".

The nuclear-armed neighbours have in the past gone to war over their border and previous year were involved in a showdown over a Himalayan plateau claimed by China and Bhutan, which is an ally of India . The development of infrastructure needs to be stepped up, and requirement of systems met. "So we have to be prepared, but the diplomatic efforts are still on", the COAS told reporters here on Friday.

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He also raised concern over "disinformation" being spread through social media, and through religious schools and mosques.

He said the Army, having focused its operations in South Kashmir in 2017, would now shift its attention to areas in North Kashmir such as Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopire and Lolab.

The Army chief said India was repeatedly receiving requests from Pakistan to honour the 2003 ceasefire agreement because the damage was heavier on the other side. Rawat said the troops "were ready to cater" to any situation should the need arise.

"Terrorists are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army approach has been to ensure that it feels the pain", he said.

Trump, in a tweet on January 1, attacked Pakistan saying that the U.S. has foolishly given them more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and got lies and deceit in return. "Already, Pakistan has suffered 3-4 times higher casualties due to the retaliatory action following the ceasefire violation", he said in his annual media briefing ahead of Army Day.

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