Major General Luo Yuan told the media that India should not fuel new problems and increase military mobilization at the border areas. Luo is the deputy director-general of the world military research department at the People's Liberation Army academy, described himself as a "reasonable hardliner".
The army general said India is the only country which speaks about developing its military power to counter China's military threat. He said hence India should be careful about its action. The man had also created controversy by making remarks against the Japanese authorities last year.
India and China share a history of border dispute and even went to a war in 1962. This year, the two neighbours saw a major diplomatic row breaking out after New Delhi alleged that Chinese troops intruded into the Indian territory in Ladakh region.
The three-week standoff was resolved only after local military leaders negotiated. The visit by Li Keqiang, the new Chinese Premier, to India in May helped the issue settle down.
Antony's visit to China is the first by an Indian defence minister in seven years. His visit also coincides with a trip to China by Nawaz Sharif, who was recently elected as the prime minister of Pakistan for the third time.
Will Luo's remark create fresh trouble in an already tense relationship?