Border row: China says India 'trampled' on Panchsheel

Michele Moreno
July 6, 2017

"It does not belong to Bhutan, still less India", Chinese Foreign Ministry spoesperson Lu Kang said Wedneday.

Global Times, China's nationalistic tabloid, has said that India should be taught a "bitter lesson", China Daily has said that India should look into the mirror.

In the past few days tension has been boiling up on the borders of Sikkim between India and China. "India is acting shamelessly before the worldwide community", it said.

"The Chinese public is infuriated by India's provocation".

"We believe the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is powerful enough to expel Indian troops out of Chinese territory".

But the inexorable rise of strongman Xi Jinping coincided with muscular projections of Chinese authority and power on issues that it considered were "core" to its strategic and foundational principles, whether it be the South China Sea, Tibet, or the Belt and Road project that stood to seal China's role as a global mercantile power.

"We will decide whether or not to issue a travel alert", Geng said as he was responding to a question about write-ups in Chinese media cautioning Chinese investors in India. It also said the current face-off could be resolved only by Indian troops returning to their original positions. Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that the India of 2017 is different from the India of 1962.

India and China have held 19 rounds of talks under the Special Representatives mechanism since 2003.

The paper was referring to what Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said about the situation, saying that India "was ready for a two-and-a-half front war".

"The Chinese government wants a peaceful resolution and withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a precondition". "It was not able to refute the evidence of illegal border-trespassing and coerced its small neighbour Bhutan to shoulder the blame".

"But New Delhi would be too naive to think that Beijing would make concessions to its unruly demands", it said. India has said that the road is a serious "security concern" and that the area that China is claiming as its own is disputed by Bhutan as its territory. Some Chinese troops came in the Dokalam, area to build a road and Indian troops trying to stop them also entered the region. There were exchange of interesting letters between the two nation and China demanding for the animals back or they would lodge a war against India.

However this time, instead of visible efforts to defuse the situation, analysts say the tone of the rhetoric from the two sides is heating up. But there is also a danger of the situation spiralling out of control if the brinkmanship continues.

"We urge Indian troops to withdraw border troops as soon as possible and take concrete actions to correct the mistake and demonstrate sincerity in resolving the boundary question", he added, "and improve bilateral relations so as to create necessary atmosphere and conditions for the normal development of bilateral relations".

Indian and Chinese troops are reportedly facing off on a section of land high in the Himalayas near what is known as the trijunction, where Tibet, India and Bhutan meet.

Beijing also said India was "misleading" its citizens by saying that Doklam is located at the tri-junction of India, Bhutan, and China.

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