Despite India's advances in missile technology, the country is still a decade behind China, a top Chinese defence analyst has claimed and asserted that Beijing does not view New Delhi as its "strategic rival."
Shrugging off concerns that newer versions of India's Agni missiles could strike the northernmost tips of China, the state-run Global Times, quoting a top analyst said India may take five more years to achieve this capability.
The analyst also dismissed the claims that India is far ahead of China in developing interceptor technology, the paper said this week, days after India tested the Agni- III, which has a 3,500 km range.
Chinese Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong, a professor at the prestigious Chinese National Defence University, said India is still 10 to 15 years behind China in terms of missile technology.
"It's still unknown when the Agni-III will be deployed by the Indian Army, though they claim the missile is ready for use. And it might take at least another five years to ready the Agni-V," Zhang was quoted as saying.
He also claimed that China did not see India as a strategic rival, and developed weapons to counter it.
"In developing its military technology, China has never taken India as a strategic rival, and none of its weapons were specifically designed to contain India," the Global Times quoted Zhang as saying.