Room for peacefully ending the Doklam standoff will shrink the longer Indian troops “remain on the Chinese side” of the mutually recognised section of the Indo-China border, an article published in the English-language Chinese daily said on Thursday.
An article published by the China Daily, which is a state-run Chinese paper, warned that since both sides had reportedly increased their troop levels in the Doklam region, a military clash between and India and China could erupt if the situation was not handled properly.
A Chinese “military response may become inevitable” if Beijing’s appeal to India to pull back its troops and “respect the demarcated border” continued to be ignored, the report said. Further, it warned New Delhi to not misinterpret China’s restraint as a sign of weakness.
Warning India against making a “dangerous miscalculation”, the report said that China had both the means and the will to safeguard its territorial integrity.
The area at the strategic tri-junction of India, Bhutan, and China, which is under Chinese control but claimed by Thimphu, has been the scene of a standoff since June 16. China, for its part, has accused Indian troops of transgressing into its territory, while India has expressed concern over China constructing a road in the disputed Doklam area near Sikkim and has conveyed to Beijing that such an action would represent a significant change of status quo with “serious” security implications for India.
Echoing the sentiments expressed in the report, Chinese Ministry of National Defence spokesperson Wu Qian on Monday urged New Delhi to immediately withdraw all troops that have “illegally” entered China, stating that the nation would defend its territorial sovereignty “at all costs”.
The report further added,”It is high time India corrected its wrongdoing and respected the demarcated boundary by withdrawing its troops from Chinese territory.”
Wu’s statements come ahead of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing on July 27 and 28 for a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries.