Learn from ‘historical lessons’, China warns India as Army Chief Bipin Rawat says ‘ready for war’

The Chinese military rejected as "extremely irresponsible" Army chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks that India is ready for a two-and-a-half front war, asking him to "stop clamouring for war".

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 29, 2017 6:37 pm
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Asking India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong area in Sikkim sector as a precondition for a “meaningful dialogue” to settle the boundary issue, China on Thursday said India must learn from “historical lessons”, an indirect reference to 1962 war. Displaying a photograph of Indian “incursion” into Donglong area, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the dispute which is becoming a confrontation of sorts between the troops on the ground can only be settled by the withdrawal of Indian soldiers from the area.

“Since the illegal trespass happened we have lodged solemn representations with the Indian side in both New Delhi and Beijing,” Lu said, showing the photograph from the podium.

He said the photographs will be displayed on the Foreign Ministry’s website later. “The diplomatic channel for communication remains unimpeded. We urged the Indian side to withdraw troops back to the Indian side of the boundary immediately. This is the precondition for the settlement of this incident and also the basis for us to conduct any meaningful dialogue,” he said.

At the same time, China’s Defence spokesman Col Wu Qian rejected Bhutan’s allegation that PLA soldiers violated its territory in Donglong area, saying its troops operated on “Chinese territory” and also asked India to “correct” its “wrong doing”. “I have to correct when you say Chinese personnel entered Bhutan’s territory. Chinese troops operated on Chinese territory,” a Chinese defence ministry spokesman said at a press conference.

The People’s Liberation Army spokesman also accused Indian troops of entering the Chinese side in Donglong area in Sikkim sector. “They tried to stop the normal activities. The Chinese carried out appropriate responses to these activities to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesman said. “We have made it clear to the Indian side to correct their wrong doing and withdraw all personnel from Chinese territory,” he said.

Bhutan yesterday said it had issued a demarche to China over the construction of a road towards its Army camp in Zomplri area of Doklam and asked Beijing to restore status quo by stopping the work immediately. The Donglong (Doklam) is a tri-junction area near the Chumbi Valley. It is under China’s control. However, Bhutan claims sovereignty over the area.

Asked about the protest lodged by Bhutan that the PLA has transgressed its territory in Donglong area as well as reports that Chinese military has destroyed bunkers of Indian army in the area, Col Wu said the PLA troops carried out “appropriate response to incursion” by Indian border guards into Chinese territory.

“The Indian border troupe personnel have entered the Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector of the India-China borders. They tried to stop the normal activities of the Chinese border defence forces in the Donglong region. We carried out appropriate responses to halt these actives to safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese military rejected as “extremely irresponsible” Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that India is ready for a two-and-a-half front war, asking him to “stop clamouring for war”. Rawat had said that India is prepared for security threats posed by China, Pakistan as well as by internal threats.

Responding to Rawat’s remarks, Col Wu Qian said: “Such rhetoric is extremely irresponsible”. “We hope that the particular person in the Indian Army could learn from historical lessons and stop such clamouring for war,” he told the media. “Indian Army is fully ready for a two and a half front war,” Rawat had said recently.

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    Doubting Thomas
    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    It is in India's best interest to remove this mentally Bipin Rawat. The imbecile might generate a war that nobody wants.
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      Jeevan
      Jun 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
      Indian dhotisi are brave only in movies.. in reality they fear every single country !! Chicken hearted cowards !!
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        Punit Kumar
        Jun 30, 2017 at 8:42 am
        How can we expect Army Commanders to behave intelligently with an Illiterate PM
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          ncd
          Jun 30, 2017 at 8:00 am
          china is an agresaive bloody country and this stupid should be punished properly. they are very greedy. they don't have democracy I'm their own country. they are uaing the double diplomacy. a hopeless country like china are craving for foul play with honglong and with taiwan. they don't entrust their people because they have no democracy. once they are treated properly they will superflop in all sectors. they have good relation with the pakistan which is the roughest country in the world. so what type of country of country china can be one can easily guess. this bloody chinese and licking their boots of pakis. these two bloody foolish countries will led the world in a very shaky position. the whole world should understand this very simple truth. let us teach a very good lessons for these two barbarian countrie.
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            Kushal Kumar
            Jun 30, 2017 at 7:14 am
            Body fights between Chinese Army and Indian Army in Sikkim border has come around 26 June 2017. Now Chinese are displaying war like tactics. Obviously , conditions in the border there are not as usual .On the other hand , circumstances obtaining in different theaters across the glove suggest to something of huge worry for mankind, which was reflected in the alerts of more care and strategy in this writer's article : - Is World War III round the corner ?" - submitted on 16 May 2017 and published in Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida. The article also says - " The global events predicted in this article could begin to show in mild measure from about 24 June 2017 and after in the present year 2017 to grow up gradually for a final show during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August (it could be 29 in west) in 2017". The global events which could shape up are WW3 or global economic crisis or
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              mgd
              Jun 30, 2017 at 6:25 am
              India should stake claim to KAILASH MANSAROVAR on historical and mythological grounds.
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                sara
                Jun 30, 2017 at 6:11 am
                Communists are just like Muslims. They believe in achieving everything via violence only.
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                  Socrates
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 6:09 am
                  India needs to play with China with intelligence and Chnakya neeti, rather than nationalistic chest-thumping and war cries. India-China border dispute is an old-legacy issue, from British times when demarcations of maps were not clear, possibly inaccurate and as such, open for interpretations. Wikipedia "The McMahon Line was part of the 1914 Simla Convention between British India and Tibet, an agreement rejected by China." Modern India needs to confront China with solid homework and historical basis to resolve all Indo-China borders and must not drag itself in an inretractable position on the issue.
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