China ready for war with In­dia, says Global Times

In­dia should not take the il­le­gal tres­pass as a pol­icy to re­alise its po­lit­i­cal tar­get: Lu Kang

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Bei­jing, China - China on Tues­day asked In­dia to with­draw its troops from the bor­der at Dok­lam as a Chi­nese news­pa­per warned that Bei­jing was bat­tle ready and not afraid to go to war with In­dia in an ‘all-out con­fronta­tion’.

For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang said for­eign diplo­mats in Bei­jing were briefed over the Dok­lam stand-off and that In­dian troops had ‘il­le­gally’ crossed the mu­tu­ally recog­nised China-In­dia boundary on the Sikkim sec­tion.

He said In­dia ‘should not take the il­le­gal tres­pass as a pol­icy to re­alise its po­lit­i­cal tar­get’ ad­ding, the for­eign diplo­mats in Bei­jing were ‘shocked’ over the tres­pass by In­dia.

China and In­dia have a 3,488km bor­der, of which 220km falls in the Sikkim sec­tor where Dok­lam is sit­u­ated. Dok­lam is at a tri-junc­tion be­tween In­dia, China and Bhutan.

China calls Dok­lam its own, a claim con­tested by In­dia and Bhutan.

China said In­dia vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional rules by ‘il­le­gally en­ter­ing into the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory’. Bei­jing has been try­ing to rally in­ter­na­tional sup­port be­hind it.

“The il­le­gal tres­pass by the In­dian bor­der per­son­nel has drawn ex­ten­sive at­ten­tion from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and many for­eign diplo­matic mis-

sions in China said they were shocked by this,” Lu said.

“We stressed the facts are very clear in this in­ci­dent. The Sikim sec­tion on China-In­dia boundary is mu­tu­ally recog­nised by the two sides,” Lu added. “This time the In­dian bor­der per­son­nel il­le­gally tres­passed into Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.”

Lu warned In­dia to with­draw troops from Dok­lam to avoid an es­ca­la­tion. “We hope the In­dian

side get the clear un­der­stand­ing of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and take im­me­di­ate mea­sures to pull back the per­son­nel.”

A com­men­tary in the staterun Global Times said China doesn’t fear go­ing to war and will make it­self ready for a long-term con­fronta­tion.

The ar­ti­cle by Duo Mu said China must de­ploy more troops along the bor­der with In­dia and speed up road con­struc­tion in

Dok­lam where the two sides have been en­gaged in a month­long stand­off.

It sug­gested that New Delhi trig­gered the dis­pute as it was wor­ried over China’s rapid eco­nomic rise. The stand-off be­gan when In­dian troops stopped Chi­nese sol­diers from build­ing a road in Dok­lam.

‘China doesn’t fear go­ing to war to safe­guard sovereignty ei­ther, and will make it­self ready for a long-term con­fronta­tion’, said the com­men­tary.

The writer said one im­por­tant rea­son that prompted In­dia to trig­ger the bor­der dis­pute was its worry over China’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

‘China has risen quickly to be the world’s No. 2 econ­omy... New Delhi is deeply con­cerned with China’s rapid rise. Provo­ca­tion at the bor­der re­flects In­dia’s worry and at­tempt to sound out China’.

The com­men­tary said China doesn’t recog­nise the land un­der In­dia’s ac­tual con­trol as In­dian ter­ri­tory and ac­cused New Delhi of ‘poi­son­ing’ the at­mos­phere for bor­der ne­go­ti­a­tions.

‘China must be pre­pared for fu­ture con­flicts and con­fronta­tion. China can take fur­ther counter-mea­sures along the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC). ‘If In­dia stirs up con­flicts in sev­eral spots, it must face the con­se­quence of an all-out con­fronta­tion with China along the en­tire LAC. The 3,500km bor­der has never been short of dis­putes. Since the 1962 bor­der war, the In­dian side has re­peat­edly made provo­ca­tions’.

China must con­tinue strength­en­ing bor­der con­struc­tion and speed up troop de­ploy­ment and con­struc­tion in the Dok­lam area, Duo wrote. ‘These are le­git­i­mate ac­tions of a sov­er­eign coun­try’.

For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang said for­eign diplo­mats in Bei­jing were briefed over the Dok­lam stand-off and that In­dian troops had ‘il­le­gally’ crossed the mu­tu­ally recog­nised China-In­dia boundary on the Sikkim sec­tion

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