Modi pulling India into a war it cannot win: Chinese state Media

Srinagar: The Chinese foreign and defense ministries on Friday have released statements on the ‘illegal trespass’ of Indian troops into the Chinese territory, vowing to take all ‘necessary measures’ to make India withdraw its troops ‘unconditionally.’

Referring to India’s alleged incursion into Chinese territory as an attempt at trying to bully a ‘giant’ in the north, the state media said that “India is publicly challenging a country that is far superior in strength. India’s recklessness has shocked Chinese.”

“Maybe its regional hegemonism in South Asia and the Western media comments have blinded New Delhi into believing that it can treat a giant to its north in the way it bullies other South Asian countries.”

“China’s stance has always been clear, which is that the standoff is taking place in Chinese territory, as the border was clearly defined by the 1890 Convention between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet,” the statement said.

Army Personnel brave the chill at the India -china border at Nathula on Monday.PTI *** Local Caption *** “B-109, GANGTOK-250201 – FEBRUARY 25, 2008 – Nathula: Indian army personnel braving the severe cold and snows at Nathula, Indp-China border, on Monday. PTI Photo”

Referring to the Sikkim stand-off which has been going on for over a month now, and blaming India of violating the 1890 treaty, the statement added that “India is concerned that the road China was building in Doklam might threaten the security of the Siliguri Corridor, but does that justify Indian troops’ incursion into another country in utter disregard of international treaties?”

“Over the past month, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been on the move. We believe that the PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation,” the statement said.

Calling out to the current Modi led BJP government, the statement said that “It is a war with an obvious result. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be aware of the PLA’s overwhelming firepower and logistics. Indian border troops are no rival to PLA field forces. If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region.”

“So why hasn’t the PLA started? China cherishes the decade-long peace on the border and wishes not to break it. We want to give peace a chance and allow India to recognize the grave consequences,” statement further added.

“The Modi government’s hard-line stance is sustained by neither laws nor strength. This administration is recklessly breaking international norms and jeopardizing India’s national pride and peaceful development,” it said.

“Its move is irresponsible to regional security and is gambling against India’s destiny and its people’s well-being. If the Modi government refuses to stop, it will push its country into a war that India has no power to control.

China has exercised great restraint, demonstrating respect to peace and human life. The PLA did not strike in the past month when Indian troops savagely trespassed into Chinese territory. If the Modi government takes China’s goodwill for weakness, its recklessness will only lead to devastation,” it added.

For more than a month now, 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.

“The Modi government should stop lying to its people that “India in 2017 is different from India in 1962.” The gap in national strength between the two countries is the largest in the past 50 years. If the Modi government wants to start a war, at least it should tell its people the truth,” it concluded.

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