If India stirs up conflict, it must face ‘an all out confrontation’: Chinese media

Beijing: A state run Chinese daily Global Times on Tuesday in an article said that if India “stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequence of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC (Line of Actual Control).”

For over five weeks, the two countries (China and India) have been involved in a stand-off along a part of their 3,500 kilometres shared border. Since both the countries are populous and have very robust economies, and have fought a war over border disputes in 1962, the stand-off has attracted global media attention.

Both India and China have rushed more troops to the border as the divide between the two neighbouring countries is turning out to be one of the longest since the India-China war of 1962.

Of the 3,488-km-long border India shares with China from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

The article also pointed out that China needs to prepare for the standoff with India near the Sikkim sector becoming a long- term situation, warning that more such conflicts can trigger “an all out confrontation” along the entire Line of Actual Control.

The Op-ed article in the Global Times claimed that the Indian action to stop Chinese troops from building a road near the Doklam plateau was a “blatant infringement on China’s sovereignty”.

The road is near the tri-junction with Bhutan.

India has expressed concern over the road construction, fearing it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states. It has conveyed to China that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India.

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