Beijing, July 5: Chi must teach India “a bitter lesson” if it “incites” military conflict over the dispute in Donglong region in Sikkim sector, an influential Chinese daily said on Wednesday, adding that the Chinese “look down” on the Indian military, and India will “suffer greater losses than in 1962” in case of a conflict. In an acerbic editorial, the state-run Global Times on Wednesday did not mince words to criticise India, amid rising bilateral tensions over a military stand-off in Doklam region. Chinese experts and media have not shied away from talking about the prospect of a military conflict.
“We have to tell India that the Chinese look down on their military power. (India’s Defence Minister) (Arun) Jaitley is right that the India of 2017 is different from that of 1962 - India will suffer greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts.”
Chi is accused of building a road in the area which is claimed by Bhutan. Chi calls the region as its territory. India has objected to road building, citing the pending ownership of the region.
“New Delhi’s real purpose is to turn the Donglong area of Chi into a disputed region and block Chi’s road construction there.”
The strong editorial comes days after Chi released a ‘map’ to back its claim that Indian troops entered its “territory” — Donglong region — to prevent the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops from building a road in the area. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Indian troops crossed the border on June 18.
India has said Beijing’s action to ‘unilaterally determine tri-junction points’ is in violation of a 2012 India-Chi agreement. According to the agreement, the boundary will be decided by consulting all the concerned parties. India on Friday said it has told Chi that the building of a road by Chinese troops in the Donglong region will have “serious security implications for India” and urged Beijing “not to change the status quo unilaterally”. (IANS)