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‘Confronting Beijing entails an unbearably high strategic cost for India’: Chinese state media

Last week, General Bipin Rawat had stated that India was prepared for any eventuality during the 73-day faceoff in Doklam last year and that the country should start focusing militarily on its northern borders.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2018 11:29 am
'Confronting Beijing entails an unbearably high strategic cost for India': Chinese state media Army Chief General Bipin Rawat (File Photo)

China’s state-run Global Times took a dim view of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s comments last week about shifting India’s military focus to the northern borders. In a stinging editorial titled ‘Indian Army must tone down hawkish rhetoric’, the state media said ‘India is diplomatically immature, with a self-centered approach and preference for impulsive nationalism.’

Drawing attention to Rawat’s ‘harsh comments on China’, the editorial said that dealing with India requires more than one set of rules. “Rawat said last week that India can’t allow its neighbours to drift away to China. This mentality that sees neighbours as an Indian domain is widely adopted in New Delhi. India is diplomatically immature, with a self-centered approach and preference for impulsive nationalism. Dealing with this country requires more than one set of rules,” said the editorial. The state-run Global Times is run by the Communist Party of China and is considered to often reflect Beijing’s views. Also Read: Chinese troops could return to Doklam after winter: Army chief Bipin Rawat

The editorial further said that the ‘Indian army seems to have failed to learn its lesson from the Doklam standoff’ and that if New Delhi continues to provocate Beijing, ‘it should expect harsh punishment from the Chinese army.’ “Confronting China entails an unbearably high strategic cost for India. New Delhi should cherish the amicable policy adopted by Beijing,” it said.

Last week, General Bipin Rawat had stated that India was prepared for any eventuality during the 73-day faceoff in Doklam last year and that the country should start focusing militarily on its northern borders. While addressing his annual media conference on the eve of Army Day, Rawat had said, “We understand China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation. Militarily, the focus has to shift to the northern borders — for too long we have focused on the western borders. The development of infrastructure needs to be stepped up, and requirement of systems met. We should start preparing for the next kind of warfare, which are cyber and information warfare.” Also Read: Nuclear, chemical weapons falling into hands of terrorists could spell disaster: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

While referring to overlap of influence by both India and China in certain areas, the editorial said ‘Beijing needs to communicate more with New Delhi to make the latter less anxious strategically.’ “The two countries should make it their common goal to avoid strategic conflicts in the neighboring region,” it further added.

As for the 73-day Doklam standoff last year, the Global Times editorial cautioned that while China should handle border disputes as per law to maintain peace, it will firmly hit back at any Indian Army provocations. “On India, China needs to adhere to its principles and refrain from wrangling. It should handle border disputes in accordance with laws to maintain border peace, and meanwhile firmly hit back at Indian army provocations.”

Meanwhile, China had termed as “unconstructive” Army chief General Bipin Rawat comments calling Doklam a disputed territory, saying it wasn’t helpful for maintaining peace at the borders. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said his comments were against the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit last September to revive the ties and preserve peace on the border. Also Read: Army General Bipin Rawat’s remarks on Doklam ‘unconstructive’: China

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  1. Ravikumar Thiruchitrambalam
    Jan 18, 2018 at 2:07 am
    Its China which will go bankrupt if it goes to war with India! It may even be penalised internationally and it will lose its face by losing the Tibet probably Xinjinag too! SLOC will be cut off and all the artificial islands will be given back to the original claimers! China will not and can not wage a war except in its propaganda in Global Times Xinhua!
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      Dasari
      Jan 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm
      Chinese adopt publicity tactic and psychological war first before they try to act. They try to browbeat in the rhetoric accusing the neighbors in their own fashion. India is the only country which stood steadfast till now. Let China think once again of their big brother at ude to India before venturing into another Doklam type adventure. India is strong enough and has multiple responses to face China on land, air and in sea. Modi is not Nehru and 18 is not 62. The more aggressive China, double than that India is equipping itself thanks to US, Israel, and old friend Russia and now a new friends like Japan and Australia also are on Indian side if China thinks too big of itself to blockade it on all fronts.
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      1. narayan kutty
        Jan 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm
        China and congress are rattled by India's military preparedness. Zindabad India Murdabad China and congress party.
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        1. Simon Dan
          Jan 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm
          Does Modi has control over the big mouth General? Generally speaking the soldiers duty is to fight and take orders from the elected government and not the other way round...
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          1. Abdul Narayan Dsouza
            Jan 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm
            what is your duty ?? blabbering !!
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          2. Srinivas Devadiga
            Jan 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm
            China must learn from India after Dhoklam standoff and its repeated warning like fools and then how India shown its maturity and saved China getting insulted in international level. That is called maturity , just barking can't work.
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