Doklam: How Chinese media reported on troop withdrawal

The Chinese media -- a majority of them are state-owned -- seemed to have consciously avoided making any references to China also pulling back its troops from the Bhutan trijunction.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 1:46 pm
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With India maintaining its stand that troop withdrawal at Doklam was mutual, the Chinese media, however, do not appear to share the same view.

The Chinese media — a majority of them are state-owned — seemed to have consciously avoided making any references to China also pulling back its troops from the Bhutan trijunction.

Even the country’s foreign ministry echoed the same sentiment, underling that all of India’s “trespassing personnel and equipment” have been pulled back to the Indian side of the boundary.

“The Chinese personnel on the ground has verified this,” it added.

Take China’s Global Times for instance. The newspaper has been quite vocal in its editorials on the Doklam standoff, accusing India of violating China’s sovereignty. The paper’s editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, went on to give unsolicited advice that India has been underestimating the ‘military might’ of the People’s Liberation Army. He said the PLA enjoys an “overwhelming advantage” over India, in case the stand-off escalates to a conflict.

Even today, a day after the troop withdrawal, there was no change in its tone. It even suggested that China’s military drills in Tibet resulted in “India’s withdrawal”.

“China used a series of actions, including diplomatic engagement and military drills, to pressure India and eventually gained the result with India’s withdrawal,” a report on said.

The report also carried a quote of an expert who said pulling back its troops was India’s only option. “India’s behavior was absolutely illegal and excuses, like Bhutan’s request and China’s road construction, that it used to legitimize its behavior have proven ineffective as well. That’s why it chose to withdraw at this moment, and it was the only option for India,” Ruan Zongze, executive vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, told

And a quote from the Ministry of National Defense spokesperson, Wu Qian, read: “India should draw some lessons from this incident and firmly adhere to the historical boundary and the basic principles of international law.”

Meanwhile, the state-run People’s Daily ran a story with a measured headline saying the Doklam stand-off was peacefully resolved through diplomatic efforts. The article text, however, toes the communist government’s line. “About two months ago, the Indian military trespass grossly encroached on China’s territorial sovereignty, and trampled on the fundamental principles of international law and basic norms governing international relations.

Now the withdrawal of Indian troops has laid a foundation for the further development of the China-India relation. It is good to see that the two countries have solved the conflict peacefully,” it read.

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    dr gopal
    Aug 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm
    road should not be built....this is what india it entered the disputed area read this.. : scmp /news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2108686/china-halted-road-building-end-india-border-standoff and decide your self
    1. Sethuraman Ramanujam
      Aug 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      Sharing her(his?) borders with more than 12 countries, China has disputes with atleast ten of them. It speaks volumes of China's greed for land. I always thought our Media is high on rhetorics but Chinese Media took the cake. It's shrill war cries empty rhetorics exposed Beijing's bankruptcy of thoughts. Our Indian communist comarades silence is deafening. What was Pappu's role who met some Chinese officials? He famously said it is his job to get information. Let our zero loss fame Kapil Sibal and the other oldie Doggie Raja come out with excuses.
      1. asit guin
        Aug 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm
        China is nature-deputed neighbor of India. In 1962, some unwanted incidents occurred in India-china border, which could have been avoided by proper diplomatic intelligence. However, in 1965, when Indian army reached Lahore, an important city of Pakistan, India-china border remained peaceful. In 1971, when Indian army reached Dhaka, the then capital of East Pakistan, India-china border remained peaceful, calm and quiet. In 1993 India-china border agreement is signed. The agreement is such that both sides are supposed to continue with their CLAIM, but nobody will take any ACTION and status quo will be maintained. So, presently India-china border is peaceful calm and quiet. One should be realistic before fabrication of fictions and unrealistic story of PROBABLE ATTACK FROM NORTH or story of SINO-PAKISTAN AXIS
      2. Partha Sarathi Dey
        Aug 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm
        load of news from a country
        1. asit guin
          Aug 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm
          China is biggest exporter of solar equipment to India with 87 per cent market share
        2. S
          Aug 29, 2017 at 5:23 pm
          Empty drums make more noise...
          1. H
            Aug 29, 2017 at 5:15 pm
            no chinese citizen will come to know the truth ,,, in future if any conflict between china and india emerges then chinese media will use this incident as a sign of "millitary might of china" ,,, let them be true facts never reach the ears of normal chinese citizens ,,, its really hillarious when chinese govt talks about international norms and respecting the sovereignity of other nations ,,,
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