Pa­tience has lim­its, In­dia told New Delhi warned to ‘not mis­take re­straint for weak­ness’ over bor­der

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

In­dia must not ex­pect China to con­cede its vi­o­la­tion of China’s ter­ri­tory, an­a­lysts said, af­ter a spokesman from the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense is­sued a state­ment warn­ing In­dia to aban­don il­lu­sions.

There is a “bot­tom line” to the Chi­nese mil­i­tary’s re­straint in solv­ing the in­ci­dent caused by In­dia’s tres­pass, spokesman Ren Guo­qiang said in the state­ment is­sued late on Thurs­day.

Ren said the Chi­nese mil­i­tary “has re­mained highly res­trained”, but “the re­straint is not with­out a bot­tom line”.

Urg­ing In­dian troops to with­draw im­me­di­ately, Ren said In­dia should “aban­don any il­lu­sion” of de­lay­ing tac­tics, and not un­der­es­ti­mate the Chi­nese mil­i­tary’s con­fi­dence in and abil­ity to de­fend peace.

Zhao Xiaozhuo, a re­searcher at the PLA Academy of Mil­i­tary Sci­ence, said In­dia “should not mis­take re­straint for weak­ness”, as China’s re­straint doesn’t mean it will ac­cept a vi­o­la­tion of its ter­ri­tory.

“It doesn’t mean there will be no fur­ther mea­sures by China,” Zhao said, adding that In­dia “is ap­proach­ing the bot­tom line” by hav­ing its troops re­main in the Donglang area (Dok­lam).

In­dian troops il­le­gally crossed the China-In­dia boundary in the Sikkim Sec­tor on June 18 to ob­struct China’s road build­ing in Donglang.

The Sikkim Sec­tor is the only de­lim­ited part of the China-In­dia boundary, and was de­fined in the Con­ven­tion Be­tween Great Bri­tain and China Re­lat­ing to Sikkim and Ti­bet signed in 1890.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­ven­tion, the Donglang area is lo­cated on the Chi­nese side of the boundary.

Gov­ern­ments of both the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China and post-in­de­pen­dence In­dia in­her­ited the con­ven­tion.

In let­ters to for­mer pre­mier Zhou En­lai in 1959, for­mer In­dian prime min­is­ter Jawa­har­lal Nehru said the sec­tor of the boundary was de­fined by the con­ven­tion.

The For­eign Min­istry has lodged re­peated rep­re­sen­ta­tions to In­dia over its tres­pass across this de­fined sec­tor of the boundary, but In­dian troops have re­mained in the Donglang area.

Lan Jianxue, a re­searcher in South Asian stud­ies at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said the state­ment made by Ren is a se­ri­ous warn­ing for In­dia that asks it to with­draw its troops.

“China has tried its best to prac­tice re­straint. It has been ask­ing through diplo­matic chan­nels for the In­dian troops to with­draw. But In­dia doesn’t seem to un­der­stand,” Lan said, adding that there are “var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties” if In­dia keeps ig­nor­ing China’s diplo­matic ef­forts.

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