China and Pakistan remain two major threats to India's national security, Indian Army chief General VK Singh said on Friday.
In a clear indication that India is worried, Gen Singh said although the border with China was stable at present, the armed forces could not take any chances. He said there might be uncertainty about a conventional war with China but skirmishes were certainly possible.
The army chief stressed on the need for substantial conventional war fighting capabilities to defend the country. Interestingly, the army chief's comments come even as Defence Minister AK Antony is in Vietnam attending the ASEAN defence ministers' meeting which is also being attended by China. "We have a risen China, both economically and militarily. Although we have CBMs on place, although we have a very stable border, yet we have a border dispute," said Gen Singh. "All out conventional war may be highly uncertain, nevertheless skirmishes can occur. We should have a great amount of conventional capability to function in a conventional conflagration and yet be prepared to function in a nuclear backdrop," he added.