China hits back at PM Modi, claims it’s not ‘ex­pan­sion­ist’

■ Bei­jing sharply re­acts to PM’s speech in Ladakh

The Asian Age - - Front Page - SRID­HAR KUMARASWAM­I

In its first-ever sharp and di­rect crit­i­cism of the re­marks of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi who had is­sued a veiled warn­ing to China that the age of expansioni­sm is over, the Chi­nese em­bassy in New Delhi on Fri­day evening said it was “ground­less” to view China as “ex­pan­sion­ist” and to “ex­ag­ger­ate and fab­ri­cate” its dis­putes with neigh­bours since China has peace­fully de­mar­cated the bound­ary with 12 of its 14 neigh­bours. The veiled ref­er­ence was to In­dia and Bhutan which still have un­set­tled land-bor­der is­sues with China. How­ever, China still has mar­itime ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with Ja­pan.

In its first-ever sharp and di­rect crit­i­cism of the re­marks of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who had is­sued a veiled warn­ing to China that the age of expansioni­sm is over, the Chi­nese em­bassy in New Delhi on Fri­day evening said it was “ground­less” to view China as “ex­pan­sion­ist” and to “ex­ag­ger­ate and fab­ri­cate” its dis­putes with neigh­bours since China has peace­fully de­mar­cated the bound­ary with 12 of its 14 neigh­bours. The veiled ref­er­ence was to In­dia and Bhutan which still have un­set­tled land-bor­der is­sues with China.

How­ever, China still has fes­ter­ing mar­itime ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with Ja­pan and some of the South­east Asian coun­tries.

Chi­nese em­bassy spokesper­son Ji Rong tweeted, “China has de­mar­cated bound­ary with 12 of its 14 neigh­bour­ing coun­tries through peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions, turn­ing land bor­ders into bonds of friendly co­op­er­a­tion. It’s ground­less to view China as ‘ex­pan­sion­ist’, ex­ag­ger­ate and fab­ri­cate its dis­putes with neigh­bours.”

The sharply-worded crit­i­cism, al­beit veiled, made by an em­bassy spo-kesper­son of the re­marks made by the host coun­try’s leader has raised eye­brows and in­di­cates a sharp and deep­en­ing distrust be­tween the two Asian gi­ants de­spite on­go­ing talks to re­solve the is­sue through both mil­i­tary and diplo­matic chan­nels. The Chi­nese em­bassy’s crit­i­cism was a swift re­ac­tion, just hours af­ter PM Modi had made his re­marks while ad­dress­ing troops at Ladakh.

In Beijing, Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesman

Zhao Li­jian also said some­what omi­nously on Fri­day that “In­dia should avoid a strate­gic mis­judge­ment on China”, call­ing on the two coun­tries

“to jointly main­tain peace and tranquilli­ty in bor­der ar­eas and safe­guard bi­lat­eral ties”.

Re­la­tions be­tween the two nu­clear-armed neigh­bours have sharply de­te­ri­o­rated, es­pe­cially af­ter the deadly clash be­tween troops of both armies at Gal­wan in the Ladakh sec­tor in mid-June.

Apart from han­dling the tense bor­der sit­u­a­tion with In­dia, China mean­while has also been busy in deny­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions both in its west­ern Xin­jiang prov­ince and in Hong Kong, and has been ac­cus­ing west­ern na­tions of car­ry­ing out pro­pa­ganda against it.

◗ RE­LA­TIONS BE­TWEEN the two neigh­bours have sharply de­te­ri­o­rated es­pe­cially af­ter the deadly clash be­tween troops of both armies at the Gal­wan Val­ley ◗ APART FROM han­dling the tense bor­der sit­u­a­tion with In­dia, China has also been busy in deny­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in west­ern Xin­jiang prov­ince and in Hong Kong

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