Published On: Wed, Jul 5th, 2017
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Amid calls for war, China says stand-off could derail border talks

Beijing: Amid calls for war by the state-run media, China on Monday accused India of lying to the public on the border row and again warned New Delhi to withdraw troops to “avoid worsening of the situation.”

Geng said the present stand-off could hit border talks between India and China

As Beijing raised the decibel over the latest border stand-off in the Sikkim sector, it also hinted that the development could derail the boundary talks.

China also said India had “trampled upon” the Panchsheel pact by illegally entering into Chinese territory.

Not mincing his words, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the nature of the stand-off in Doklam was “serious” and repeatedly asked New Delhi to withdraw troops from the area.

He also indicated that Beijing could issue a travel alert to its citizens visiting Indian depending on the security situation.

Adding to the heightened tensions and talk of war, in its sharpest comment since Indian and Chinese troops scuffled in Doklam, state-run Global Times said China must teach India “a bitter lesson”.

In an editorial, the Chinese Communist Party-run newspaper said China will inflict greater losses on India than in the 1962 war if New Delhi incited military conflict.

It also said Indians will be “kicked out” of Doklam by the Chinese military.

“We call on Chinese society to maintain high-level unity on the issue. The more unified the Chinese people are, the more sufficient conditions the professionals will have to fight against India and safeguard our interests. This time, we must teach New Delhi a bitter lesson,” the editorial said.

In his briefing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that India had “misguided” its public about the proximity of Doklam to India.

Geng said Doklam, which the Chinese refer to as Donglong, is not at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan as claimed by New Delhi.

“In disregard of the 1890 Sino-Britain convention, the Indian side said that Doklam is located within the tri-junction of the three countries, that is misleading the public,” Geng said.

“The Indian side is actually misleading the public by saying that the incident took place at the tri-junction point,” he added.

India has opposed China’s road construction in Doklam, which is a disputed territory between Thimphu and Beijing.

Beijing says the road building is on Chinese territory. Bhutan has opposed it, and says the ownership of Doklam is yet to be decided.

Geng said the present stand-off could hit border talks between India and China.

“Actually we have been trying to explore ways to resolve the boundary questions with the Special Representative mechanism.”

“But this incident I believe violates the spirit upheld by the Special Representative Mechanism and also is in contrast to the efforts made by the two sides previously,” he said.

There have been 19 rounds of talks under the Special Representatives mechanism since 2003.

Accusing India of dumping the Panchsheel, he said: “As we all know, China, India and Myanmar in the 1950s jointly proposed five principles of peaceful coexistence (Panchsheel).

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