Sikkim standoff: Chinese media says India will suffer ‘greater losses’ than 1962 if it ‘incites’ border tensions

Sikkim standoff: While China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times said India should be taught a "bitter lesson", China Daily said India should look in the mirror. The Global Times said in its editorial that India will suffer "greater losses" than in 1962 if it "incites" border clashes with China.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 3:13 pm
Sikkim, India, China, Bhutan, China Sikkim, India China Sikkim Sikkim standoff: As the standoff in the Dokalam area continues, Global Times in its editorial also claimed that the Chinese public was infuriated by India’s ‘provocation’.

Stepping up its attack on India through its editorials, the Chinese state media on Wednesday asked Indian troops to move out of Dokalam area in Sikkim ‘with dignity or be kicked out’, describing the situation as ‘worryingly tense’. Two newspapers in China, Global Times and China Daily, warned India of consequences if it ‘incites’ China. While China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times said India should be taught a “bitter lesson”, China Daily said India should look in the mirror. The Global Times said in its editorial that India will suffer “greater losses” than in 1962 if it “incites” border clashes with China.

As the standoff in the Dokalam area continues, Global Times in its editorial also claimed that the Chinese public was infuriated by India’s ‘provocation’. In its editorial, as quoted by PTI, it said: “We believe the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is powerful enough to expel Indian troops out of Chinese territory. The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity, or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers.” Also Read: China envoy talks tough: Situation grave, no compromise, India must pull back

It further added: “We need to give diplomatic and military authorities full power to handle the issue. We call on Chinese society to maintain high-level unity on the issue. The more unified the Chinese people are, the more sufficient conditions the professionals will have to fight against India and safeguard our interests. This time, we must teach New Delhi a bitter lesson.”

Sikkim, Bhutan, India, China, China Sikkim, India China Sikkim, An editorial in China’s Global Times.

The editorial reiterated that it believes that the face-off in the Donglang area will end with the Indian troops in ‘retreat’. “If New Delhi believes that its military might can be used as leverage in the Donglang area (referred to as Dokalam or Dok La), and it is ready for a two-and-a-half front war, we have to tell India that the Chinese look down on their military power,” it said. Also Read: On India-China Himalayan face-off, China may just have a case

The editorial was clearly referring to Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s remark that India ‘was ready for a two-and-a-half front war’ last month. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley last month hit out at China for saying India should learn from its historical lessons. Jaitley responded to their statement saying India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962. According to the editorial in China Daily, India’s defeat in the 1962 war was perhaps too ‘humiliating’ for some in the Indian military and that is why they are talking ‘belligerently’ this time.

Ever since the Sikkim standoff began on June 6 this year, Chinese media have repeatedly carried several pieces warning India against inciting border tensions. “India should look in the mirror. It was not able to refute the evidence of illegal border-trespassing and coerced its small neighbour Bhutan to shoulder the blame,” the China Daily said, as quoted by PTI.

The Global Times also said that China attaches great importance to domestic stability and doesn’t want to be mired in a mess with India, adding that New Delhi would be naive to believe that Beijing will make concessions to its demands.

“New Delhi’s real purpose is to turn the Donglang area of China into a disputed region and block China’s road construction there,” the editorial said. “Cold war-obsessed India is suspicious” that China is building the road to cut off the Siliguri Corridor, an area held by Indians as strategically important for India to control its turbulent northeast area. India is taking the risk to betray the historical agreement and wants to force China to “swallow” the result, it said.

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction since June 6 after a Chinese Army construction party came to build a road.


(With PTI inputs)

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    Jul 11, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    Seriously, why dont China stop exporting their so called cheap stuff to India which we accept wholeheartedly!! mark these words, if China will begin the war, than only China will suffer a great loss as you people cant even handle your own economy and just for a piece of land you chinese wants to fight like cats. Your economy Depends on India. If you try to war than how you people gonna eat food? how you people gonna give money to your own poor people. China has major poverty than India. Rather than providing help to so called Paki, help your poor people. Else you will be greatest looser and your economy will Hit Rock Bottom. Mind it China
    1. B
      Jul 9, 2017 at 10:19 am
      Keep doing business and buying their products as usual, are we not shameless? they keep insulting us and we turn blind eye,are we not cowards?so called liberals where you people are?soldiers dying and they speak rubbish and bull
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        Kushal Kumar
        Jul 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm
        This writer's article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October - November 2016. While covering August -September or near about in year 2017 for India , the alert prediction reads : " AUGUST-SEPTEMBER OR NEAR ABOUT LOOKS TO BE PRESENTING WAR OR BIG TERROR , COULD ALSO BE THROUGH SEA" . The security and defense developments in Sikkim in early July 2017 can be construed to be instance proving the alert right.
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          Dipen a kothari
          Jul 7, 2017 at 7:36 am
          China if disturbs peace of india they must be gifted by blow of agni 7 class in south east china ,atleast 10-15 blows are enough to get them good jerk of mind and they sit quite for rest of the century )
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            Dipen a kothari
            Jul 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm
            Infantary unit will be inssuficient to fight long time against china,conflict terrain is tough so very strong war strategy must be planned strategic bunkers down the mountains very very necessary to hide and utilize stratagic weapons when needed .Targets in china's miliatry bases must be preset by satellite vigillance.
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              narayan kutty
              Jul 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm
              China wanted to occupy Bhutan. Bhutan should react and complain to U N.
              1. J
                Jul 6, 2017 at 6:48 am
                Morning guys, Here is Some latest news. From Bhutan News Network :India enters into Bhutan-China border conflict. About 89 square kilometre areas in Doklam Plateau, which overlooks the strategically important Chumbi Valley in the intersection of India-China-Bhutan. The area had been in dispute between Bhutan and China for a long time. India, in this instance, is making attempts to be party in the conflict.
                1. N
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 7:18 am
                  Hi: Mam,China is already a party to occupation and presence in POK, claimed to be part of undivided India. China occupies a large swath of Kashmir gifted to it by Pakistan, which belongs to India. China is already a party to bigger conflict. It is supporting jihadi terrorist leaders who freely claim to have killed scores of Indians in terrorist attacks. Trust has been lost, mainly because Chinese government chose to side with terrorists, and had the audacity to tell Indians that they are good people and we should stop protesting. Madam, this is a bad abuse of veto powers that China has not inherited from anyone, but was given to it in good faith. I am 100 percent sure,that Indians would have been far more accommodating, if China had not crossed that moral boundary. As you know, Pakistani nuclear program is highly sponsored by China, and they threaten to use nuclear weapons anytime we try to exterminate terrorist camps. Indians view this as chinese support of terrorism.
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                  Ramesh Nittoor
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 6:46 am
                  Last two weeks has seen unprecedented citing of Chinese news media particularly Global Times. This is a welcome change in a way, given the preponderance of western bias in Indian media. Hopefully pretty soon, may be even by weekend, the matter may cool down and relationship stabilize to a new normal. As an when the tensions recede, hope the mutual coverage of each other nation does not. There is so much to know about fascinating China and fantastic advances they have made over last 40 years. Sustaining the media coverage and even ramping it up a little is worthwhile.
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