China’s history les­son: In­dia should stop ‘clam­our for war’

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - News - Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis su­tirtho.pa­tra­nobis@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

BEI­JING: In­dia should learn lessons from its de­feat in 1962 and stop clam­our­ing for a war, China warned on Thurs­day, say­ing the pre­con­di­tion for set­tling the cur­rent stand-off in the Sikkim sec­tor is that New Delhi with­draws its troops im­me­di­ately.

China said its troops were build­ing a road in its own ter­ri­tory and not on land that be­longed to Bhutan.

Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) spokesper­son Wu Qian was re­act­ing to In­dian Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat’s state­ment that In­dia was ready to take on China, Pak­istan and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is­sues.

“Such rhetoric is ex­tremely ir­re­spon­si­ble. We hope (the) par­tic­u­lar per­son in the In­dian Army could learn from his­tor­i­cal lessons and stop such clam­our­ing for war,” the PLA spokesper­son said at the monthly de­fence min­istry brief­ing in Bei­jing, in­di­cat­ing China’s ag­gres­sive po­si­tion in the dis­pute.

The topic of a new 35-tonne tank, built and tested by China in the Ti­bet Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion (TAR), came up at the brief­ing, af­ter a Chi­nese jour­nal­ist asked whether it was bet­ter than its In­dian coun­ter­parts and whether China will use it against In­dia in a war.

“A type of tank un­der­took trial on the (Ti­bet) plateau. The pur­pose of is to test the pa­ram­e­ters of the equip­ment and is not tar­geted against any coun­try,” Wu said.

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