Doklam standoff: Beijing will counter India if it ignores warning, says Chinese media

Doklam standoff: Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 6:29 pm
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Amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam area in the Sikkim sector, Chinese state-run media on Tuesday said that countermeasures from Beijing would be unavoidable if the Narendra Modi-led Indian government continues to ignore the warning coming from a situation spiraling out of control in the Doklam region. While terming China as a powerful neighbour, Global Times opined: “The border standoff has stretched out for nearly two months. The world has seen China treasure peace and understands the causes of the issue. During this period, the Chinese public has gradually adapted to the risks and uncertainties their country faces and believes the Chinese government has the authority to solve the crisis through all possible means.”

The scathing editorial reiterated that if Indian troops continue to stay on Chinese territory, it will be quite another matter. “Of course China doesn’t want to risk a war and hopes that peace could return and China and India can get along well. But if Indian troops continue to linger on Chinese soil, it will be quite another matter.” Also Read: Raja Mandala: Doklam’s unintended consequence

Recalling the 1962 Sino-Indian war, the editorial blames the Indian government for being naíve saying ‘usually no government dares to offend a powerful neighbour’. “Fifty-five years have passed, but the Indian government is as naïve as it ever was. The lessons of the 1962 war didn’t last for half a century. Usually, no government dares to offend a powerful neighbour. Now all Indian people know that their troops have trespassed on the territory of another country, although New Delhi claims that it is a disputed area between China and Bhutan. As the risk of war is rising, Indian public opinion has become clear that Indian troops cannot defeat the Chinese People’s Liberation Army,” it said. Also Read: Do not underestimate China’s resolve to defend territorial sovereignty, says Chinese state media

The Global Times editorial further issued a warning to New Delhi saying ‘India does not comprehend the nature of the Sino-US rivalry and the meaning of strategic containment’. “It thinks Washington can influence the situation along the China-India border simply by issuing a pro-India statement or sending warships to the Indian Ocean,” it further stated.

Taking a dig at India’s military capability as compared to Beijing, the editorial said ‘India has lost in both the legal and moral sense’. “It also lacks strength compared with China. The outcome of the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in the Doklam area is fixed. China has not resorted to a war because it hopes New Delhi can make a rational choice rather than China daring not to take action. If New Delhi really keeps the faith that China will not take military action under any circumstances, then, its analysis is not based on the principles of international politics and military science,” it said.

Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. China claimed that they were constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau. New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states.

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

(With PTI inputs)

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    William
    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:57 am
    On 21 July 2017, the Indian National Auditor-General submitted to the Parliament an report on the Indian Army situation, and the arms and ammunition supplied by the Indian nal Commission was unable to meet the needs of the Army, 170 Of the weapons and ammunition, only 27 can maintain 20 days of fierce operations, 80 of the weapons and ammunition can not meet the standard, on the other hand, the Indian Army is also due to lack of material to reduce the training situation.
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    1. Muhammad Riyaz
      Aug 9, 2017 at 9:49 am
      INDIA has no other choice but to concedes with Chinese demands, otherwise, China will use it's military force to create a havoc on India. India can not sustain Chinese wrath. The Chinese Military Operation will provide Pakistan with an opportunity to grab J K and eman te Khalistan. India, in the end, will be shattered down into 17 smaller but peaceful countries.
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        William
        Aug 9, 2017 at 9:43 am
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          William
          Aug 9, 2017 at 9:24 am
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            Kiran
            Aug 9, 2017 at 9:15 am
            Hi ... I have worked in China for last 14 years and also between singapore and HK all main Chinese populated for last 20 years . What surprises me of the attention Indian media gives to a paper whose circulation is not known in China called Global times . Pls would request Indian express and all Indian newspapers to check the combined readership of global times is not even enough a small paper in Nagpur or Chandigarh. What we need to know all differences can be sorted out peacefully . China has its own interest and so does India . We can both work peacefully to sort this problem . Also if China really is in Bhutans territory than why doesn't Bhutan raise the issue at UN ? I for one think India and China can grow together and profit from each other . Please keep the tone down . We will have a solution to this problem without fighting . I have never encountered any issue of being Indian in china and people all treat me with respect . Have most Chinese friends and they are all the same .
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