Doklam stand-off: Chinese media go back to 1962 war, dig out editorials and photographs

Doklam stand-off: Earlier too, Chinese media and government spokespersons have recalled the 1962 war between India and China, as a warning, since the stand-off between the two countries in Doklam, in the Sikkim region, sparked tensions in mid-June.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: July 14, 2017 10:15 am
Doklam standoff, doklam border, Sikkim standoff, india-china, indo-china war, 1962 indo-china war, These frontline pictures were taken by an Indian Express photographer specially deputed to NEFA before the fall of Sela Indicative of the odds against which our jawans are fighting in NEFA the picture shows a truck being dragged along hilly terrain during Sino-Indian 1962 war. (Express archive photo)

Ramping up the rhetoric against India, Chinese media took to recalling the 1962 India-China war this week, publishing editorials and photographs from five decades ago. While People’s Daily, the most influential daily in China, has referred to an editorial printed in the newspaper barely a month before the 1962 Indo-China war, a website published “rare” photographs from the conflict.

Earlier too, Chinese media and government spokespersons have recalled the 1962 war between India and China, as a warning, since the stand-off between the two countries in Doklam, in the Sikkim region, sparked tensions in mid-June.

People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, took to Weibo, the microblogging app, to recall an editorial printed on the newspaper’s front page on September 22, 1962. Titled, “If this can be tolerated, what cannot be tolerated?”, the editorial refers to India’s alleged attempts to “erode” Chinese territory, recounts Indian Army provocation and warns of retaliation.

In the image of the front page of the People’s Daily published on Tuesday are two more articles concerning tension between India and China. The 1962 editorial was also recalled in an article on the newspaper’s website, titled, “People’s Daily to India: Borderline is bottom line.” The same day, Sina.com.cn published a series of “rare” photographs from the same conflict. The series of 25 photographs recounts the build-up to tensions, the outbreak of war, key Chinese victories and the ceasefire.

The references to the 1962 war are a step up from similar articles in China’s state-run media. Since Monday, all of China’s top state-run media platforms, through opinions, editorials and expert interviews, warned India of “consequences”, slowing down of growth, the dangers of politicising the Dalai Lama and criticism from the international community.

In a commentary published Monday, titled ‘India must understand borderline is bottom line’, state-run news agency Xinhua, stated that India had “blatantly” trespassed on sovereign Chinese territory. “India should rectify its mistakes and show sincerity to avoid an even more serious situation creating more significant consequences. After all, the country should be fully aware of the legal consensus upheld by all members of the international community, that respecting the borderline is the bottom line for sustained peace,” the editorial said.

The English tabloid Global Times — functioning under the People’s Daily — in a series of articles published since Sunday alleged that Indian troops had crossed into China’s Doklam area in the name of helping Bhutan, claimed Indian leaders were using the incident to “appease” domestic and international audiences and warned against using the “Dalai Lama card” amid the border row.

“Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan’s territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not the disputed area. Otherwise, under India’s logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country’s army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir,” stated an opinion piece Sunday.

Another opinion article claimed the border row was being used to garner votes. “The Modi government will undergo elections in 2019…(for) Indian leaders the China card is the most convenient tool to whip up the public and provide cannon fodder to India’s unbridled media. For a right-wing, hardliner government such as this, the China threat theory is even more significant,” it stated.

In the China State Council Information Office (SCIO)-run China Daily, Lin Minwang, a researcher at the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, wrote, “It is becoming clear that India is ready to serve as an ally of the US rather than a swing power that honours independent, non-aligned diplomacy. Beijing should remain vigilant against New Delhi’s moves…” An editorial in the same newspaper warned India to abide by the boundary conventions, “before the situation deteriorates and leads to more serious consequences”.

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    Rahul Ashok
    Jul 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    We stand tall with our government against the bullying by China!
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      KP Pillai
      Jul 15, 2017 at 5:02 am
      The chinese media is bent upon practicing cheap type of politics, unbecoming of a responsible country like China. If they warn of consequences to India, they should realize the same consequence, in the same coin to China too. India's strength is democracy and freedom to people who are entirely with a leadership that makes the country strong and a decision from that leadership, which cannot go against the country anyway, will be fatal, if integrity and prestige of this great country is threatened by anyone, leave alone China. Hope, wisdom ill prevail in Chinese mind, than talking issues of five decades back, which is childish !!!
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        Rishi
        Jul 15, 2017 at 3:01 am
        Nehru, an extremely over-rated man, failed India by not taking the whole of J and K when it was handed to India on a platter though accession, and by not realizing that Chou and Mao were cunning Communist thugs who would laugh at Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai nonsense promoted by Nehru. India has suffered for both of these reasons, but Hon. Modi will never let the suffering be inflicted on India again by the Pakis or the Chinoos.
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          Jagdish Bhasin
          Jul 15, 2017 at 3:55 am
          Maharaja Hari Singh Jamwal was a brave person but had a small army. When his state was attacked by the regular Pakistani Army headed by a British commander General Gracey he had no chance as the British controlled all the weapons and the small Maharaja's Army though brave lacked resources. Note the British were brave, kept their word but also very intriguing. They (British) wanted to create a military balance between India and Pakistan. Thus we are lucky that even though the British played a political role we could get the prized Kashmir Valley. We were no martch for the British then. Mrs. Indira Gandhi did seize some regions of POK but the USA sent a message via the Soviet Union that if India wenrt any further the USA would get involved and use tactical nuclear weapons. POK will be liberated but Modi can not do it since he has no global vision. Modi has all the military resources but to liberate POK needs a high level, educated and a political person.
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            KP Pillai
            Jul 15, 2017 at 5:04 am
            Strange and childish conclusion !!!! Import some one !
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          Adrian Akau
          Jul 15, 2017 at 2:03 am
          The Indian side of the 1962 conflict should be presented.
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            Babu Gupta
            Jul 15, 2017 at 1:35 am
            In 1962 India was led by naive Nehru who has no roots in reality since he was educated in West and were influenced by Comrade Krishna Menon. They kept of repeating Hindi Chini Bhai-Bhai and Panchsheel with Mahatma's philosophy which did not work against cunning and ruthless China. After taking GOA by force from Portguese, Menon thought Indian Army can do any thing even if they kept on making only electric heaters in Defence equipment factories. It was a humiliating defeat for India. But now India is led by the "best PM so far" with 56 inch chest Modi and China should not think of doing that misadventure. Of course It can keep barking. India is in very safe hands and safe mode now.
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              Babul Basu
              Jul 15, 2017 at 1:52 am
              Recently the greatest leader India ever had was surely Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The nuclear forces, missiles, fragmentation of Pakistan are due to her. She hit Pakistan and China ran with her tail in between her legs and the USA watched helplessly. Talking like a street hawker is one thing getting the job done another. One needs, brains, education, guts, nationalism to achieve such results as Indiraji. Today Mr. Putin has the same capability as that of Indiraji. Never ignore the Jewish lobby hates Mrs. Indira Gandhi thus the attacks on her. Dr. Kissinger was made to look like a zombie by her.
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                Balwant Khattik
                Jul 15, 2017 at 2:58 am
                Yes Modi has inherited a powerful military machine but he lacks brains and education and is in power due to some coincidence. His body and that of Shah is like jelly he can not even lift a barbell of 100 pounds. Yet since Modi is our elected leader all of India will back him in any crisis. Our Home Minister and Army Chief are tough and know how to kill the terrorists. Also our administrators (some of them) are exceptional thus we are ahead in the game. China can do nothing. General Sundarji dropped troops in a disputed area and China backed off! A physically and mentally tough leader is Mr. Putin.
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                Dr.Singh
                Jul 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm
                Modi has strong Jewish backing and China a Jewish ally. India must only trust Indians and further enlarge the armed forces numbers with good training, and weapons win the war. India now has a military edge over China thus we are in a strong position in this game. If this game gets pout of control the war shall be fought in Chinese territory. Place more troops and a better intelligence network in Kashmir the job is done/. Also note the Jews are doing public relations for the Punjabi to enter and control India. They have succeeded in Pakistan since the dark short Punjabi of Pakistan likes money and thus Jews made their way in Pakistan. Most Pakistani Punjabis resemble Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Jews must note India is not Pakistan.
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                  Ajia
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 9:31 pm
                  Hi guys, I am confused, who start to wage the war? China? No, it's India, India army invade Chinese' land now. India's Invasion for what? For whom? Does Chinese army attack India before India army suddenly invade? Surely India has the right to start the war with China, but I do not think India will have the right to end it. China never regards India as an opponent, as it's only opponent is just America, or maybe add Russia in future. Why didn't China wipe out the India army on Doklam quickly? Just because Chinese army are considering whether to start the war with USA now or not, yes, they do not consider India as an opponent but checking if need to fight with America after annihilate Indian army. No joking, if you can, just prompt the india media and government to open big war with China, hope, hope to see what will happen, no doubt Indian army will be wiped out, just wonder if Chinese army would directly fight with US military in India, I want to have a look.
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                    ChineseExplosion
                    Jul 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm
                    CHINA NEVER WAS ONE COUNTRY AT ALL IN HISTORY. THEY WERE SEVEN DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE COUNTRIES/KINGDOMS ACTUALLY. THEY WOULD WORK AND WAGE WAR AMONG THEIR SEVEN GROUPS. IT KEPT THE POPULATION STABLE, FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS IT WAS SUSTAINABLE BY THE LAND RESOURCES. TODAY HAN CHINESE ARE MULTIPLYING LIKE ANYTHING, SO THEIR COMMUNIST PARTY ALWAYS WANT WAR WITH NEIGHBOURS , FEW THOUSAND CHINESE DIE, NO BIG DEAL, THEN TAKE THEIR HUGE LANDS, AND SHIFT OUT MASSIVE MILLIONS OF HAN CHINESE TO NEWLY CAPTURED LANDS OF NEIGHBOURS. TIBET ALREADY IS OVERFLOWING WITH MILLIONS OF HAN CHINESE FROM CHINA. XINJIANG HAS MILLIONS OF CHINESE FROM CHINA. NEXT UP IS PAKKISTAN.
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