In­dia shoot­ing it­self in the foot

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

By per­sis­tently main­tain­ing the stand­off be­tween its troops tres­pass­ing in China’s ter­ri­tory and the Chi­nese troops sta­tioned there, what does In­dia want, a war with China or some­thing else? By call­ing on In­dia to with­draw its troops and warn­ing it time and again about the se­ri­ous con­se­quences it will face, China has given it an inch but In­dia wants to take a mile, not only by turn­ing a deaf ear to the re­peated warn­ings but also by in­creas­ing its mil­i­tary pres­ence along that sec­tion of the de­lim­ited bor­der.

The Press Trust of In­dia quoted an un­named govern­ment of­fi­cial as say­ing that the “cau­tion level” among the troops has also been raised. It is hard to es­cape the con­clu­sion that it is mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for a mil­i­tary clash with China.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the In­dian govern­ment an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that it will im­pose anti-dump­ing du­ties on 93 prod­ucts im­ported from China, which can only be re­garded as an­other provo­ca­tion by In­dia.

China does not want a war with In­dia; it does not want con­flict of any kind with its neigh­bor. That ex­plains why China has em­ployed the ut­most re­straint by re­peat­edly ask­ing In­dia to with­draw its troops and warn­ing it about the se­ri­ous con­se­quences should a mil­i­tary con­flict take place.

It is wrong and stupid of In­dia to con­sider China’s re­straint as a sign of weak­ness and tak­ing it for granted. By do­ing so, In­dia is walk­ing fur­ther down a dan­ger­ous path, which will take it any­where but a des­ti­na­tion with both diplo­matic and sub­stan­tial gains.

In­dia should come to its senses and un­der­stand that there is a limit to China’s re­straint. It would be a grave mis­cal­cu­la­tion to ex­pect China to give in and make con­ces­sions at the ex­pense of its sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

In­dia will only shoot it­self in the foot if it per­sists with its stub­born re­fusal to pull its troops out of Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, and it will only shame it­self by co­erc­ing China to take what­ever ac­tion it is nec­es­sary to drive the tres­pass­ing troops out of Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

In­dia should pull its troops out be­fore it is too late.

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