‘If war starts, India will have no chance of winning’, says China ‘it must know our strength’

Srinagar: Amid the escalating tensions between India and China over Ladakh border, Beijing has said that India has no chance of winning the war with China if there were to be one.

“We must remind the Indian side that China’s national strength, including its military strength, is much stronger than India’s. Although China and India are both great powers, when it comes to the ultimate competition of combat capability, the Indian side will lose. If a border war starts, India will have no chance of winning,” China said in an editorial on its mouthpiece Global Times on Saturday,

On Friday, there was also a 2 hours and 20 minutes long meeting between the Defense Minister of India Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Moscow.

“We hope that the defence ministers’ meeting will be a turning point for the two countries to come back to the consensus of the leaders’ meeting. Each side will make its due effort to reduce tensions on the border,” the editorial further said.

The editorial preposterously states that Indian policies on border issues are getting dictated by public opinion and nationalism.

“Indian public opinion is too deeply and widely involved in border issues. The Indian troop has been obviously kidnapped by domestic nationalism. Therefore, in addition to the joint control of the border dispute between China and India, India should also manage public opinion and nationalism, and make the best choice for its country and its people. The problem now is that India has drawn an aggressive line on the border issue, misinterpreting China’s desire to maintain peace and stability on the border as a weakness that can be exploited by threatening to wage a border war ‘at any cost’,” the editorial claimed.

Earlier, the army Indian army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, said that the situation along the Line of Actual Control is “slightly tense.”

He also said that army has undertaken some precautionary deployments for own safety and security.

Referring to the border tensions, the army General said: “we are sure that the problem can be resolved fully through talks.”

General Naravane’s remarks comes after the government said that Chinese troops engaged in “provocative action” at the south bank of Pangong Lake last week.

Regarding this, GoI had earlier said that China should “sincerely engage” with India to restore peace along the border through complete disengagement.

“I took a review of the situation after reaching Leh yesterday (Thursday). I took a firsthand account as I spoke to the troops. They are highly motivated… and they are fully prepared to deal with any situation that may arise. I would like to reiterate, like always, that our officers are the finest in the world. They will make not just the army but the entire country proud,” the army chief said.


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