Sikkim standoff: Beijing mulling ‘small scale military ops’ against India, says Chinese media

Sikkim standoff: Since June 16, India and China have been locked in a prolonged standoff in the area in the Sikkim sector after Chinese troops started constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction. Bhutan has lodged a protest against China, saying the area belonged to it.

By: Express Web Desk | Beijing | Updated: August 5, 2017 4:23 pm
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With the ongoing standoff between armies of India and China showing no signs of abating, an article in a state-run daily in Beijing on Saturday said China is considering the option of carrying out a “small scale military operation” to “expel” Indian troops from the Doklam area “within two weeks”. Since June 16, India and China have been locked in a prolonged standoff in the area in the Sikkim sector after Chinese troops started constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

Bhutan has lodged a protest against China, saying the area belonged to it and also accused Beijing of violating agreements that aim to maintain the status quo until the boundary dispute is resolved. On the other hand, India said the Chinese action to construct the road was unilateral and changed the status quo. India believes that road would allow China to block India’s access to its northeastern states.

“China will not allow the military standoff between China and India in Doklam to last for too long, and there may be a small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences was quoted by the Global Times.

“Chinese side will inform the Indian foreign ministry before its operation,” he wrote in the daily.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had advocated patience and said both the sides should first pull back their troops and hold dialogue to peacefully resolve the impasse. On Thursday, Swaraj reiterated that war cannot resolve anything, adding that India was engaged with China to resolve differences. Her ministry’s spokesman Gopal Baglay had said India was in close coordination with Bhutan over the Doklam issue.

However, the Chinese media, particularly the Global Times tabloid, maintained a bellicose tone as it unleashed a barrage of anti-India rhetoric in recent weeks amid tensions between the two countries. In Saturday’s article, the researcher also cited a state-run CCTV report about live fire exercises in Tibet recently.

“India has adopted an immature policy toward China in recent years. Its development is not at the same level as China’s. It only wants to seek disputes in an area which originally has no disputes to gain bargaining chips,” Hu continued.

Significantly, the military standoff comes ahead of the BRICS Summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen early next month, where leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet.

With PTI inputs

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  1. Muhammad Riyaz
    Aug 6, 2017 at 10:21 am
    India has to come to senses. This time India will suffer far more terse defeat by the hand of Chinese than it suffered in 1962. As an outcome, not only Doklam will go from India, but India will loose Asam also. If the war extends, Pakistan will rightfully move its forces into disputed Jammu and Kashmir. Eventually, Khalistan, J K, Asam will break, Modi's fascist Government will be thrown out, and Modi will commit suicide. Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Naval Submarines will join hands with their Chinese Counterparts to gain a valuable experience to fight against India. What a great scenario.
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      tribWan
      Aug 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm
      dream on.....dreams are free. they dont codt a cent
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        shishir
        Aug 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm
        read about 1968 India china war, India beats out of China. Beggars like you should watch out for your beggar country.
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        Curious onlooker
        Aug 6, 2017 at 8:51 am
        India for its own survival got to halt China in its southward march.
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        1. Muhammad Riyaz
          Aug 6, 2017 at 10:23 am
          India has no capacity to handle China.
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            shishir
            Aug 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm
            Not only china but Begaar Pakistan along with it.
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          harpreet s
          Aug 6, 2017 at 7:10 am
          we shouldn't fight with china. they are a bigger military power and ally of pakistan. they might also take kashmir from us. so modi ji be sensible and dont do any nonsense.
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            tribWan
            Aug 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm
            are you really harpreet....a sikh? i doubt . it is not yhe way sikhs talk
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              shishir
              Aug 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm
              go and lick beggar pakistan's a ss
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              MyTake
              Aug 6, 2017 at 4:30 am
              India immediately should start naval blockade of all Chinese ships until Beijing comes to senses.
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                Ramesh Nittoor
                Aug 6, 2017 at 4:19 am
                Chinese international mouthpiece, which targeted Hon Foreign Minister earlier in its editorial, as expected has scaled up to target PM Modi. Here is what they wrote. -------Over the past month, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been on the move. We believe that the PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation -----It is a war with an obvious result. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be aware of the PLA's overwhelming firepower and logistics. Indian border troops are no rival to PLA field forces. If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region. ------- Their confidence in their material capability is not misplaced, but that is never the real story in war.. How do you deter the confident enemy cleverly using a false construct, sure that it can get away with it ? Indian approach in the past has been to localize conflict and keep it under wraps, but that is not an option here.
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                  Ramesh Nittoor
                  Aug 6, 2017 at 4:28 am
                  Even Bhadrakumar, calls it muscular Modi policy, as if Prime Minister Modi made China build the 40T road. The threat to India is real, and the coping response which India needs to win, is certainly going to emerge in a timely fashion. I am confident RSS will forsake Hindutva and go back to its roots of cultural nationalism and Integral Humanism, which were thought out in the backdrop of existential external threats to India, and so shall all state leaders in BJP. While all left caste combination parties will gravitate towards making of united Conrgess. Even if they do not do so, Congress is likely to find its mojo and become formidable again. China has accelerated the change process in Indian polity, and are certain to lose the battle of Doklam and the war, if it escalates to that level.
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