Chinese media accuses Sushma Swaraj of lying about border standoff

Remember 1962 withdraw troops China warns India

After Swaraj's statement in parliament, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Thursday that diplomatic channels remain "unimpeded", but added that "the withdrawal of Indian border troops who illegally crossed into China's territory is the prerequisite and basis for any meaningful dialogue between the two sides". India says China has violated an agreed-upon status quo and is in violation of a 2012 boundary agreement. "India's invasion of Chinese territory is a plain fact", it said, and claimed that India's military strength is "far behind" that of China's, The Global Times said.

Beijing, according to Tuesday's Indian Express, briefed foreign diplomats late last week and emphasized that India's intervention against China-on territory New Delhi does not even claim to be its own-is unprecedented; that there can be no substantive talks until the Indian troops withdraw; and that China's patience is being sorely tested.

Speaking in Parliament, Swaraj said Chinese forces recently came with bulldozers and excavators with the intent of building infrastructure that would change the status quo. "There has been no hostility on the ground at Doklam despite the continued standoff", points out Kantha. "It is called the "inch-by-inch" strategy, where the aim is not to obtain territory overnight, but gradually over 10-15 years".

It is always hard to second guess a large, and reputedly inscrutable, country like China, especially at a time of crisis.

Describing those possibilities, it says that "if Indian troops continue trespassing into China's territory, what Beijing may do next is to get prepared for a military confrontation against New Delhi and resolve the conflict through non-diplomatic means".

Some reports indicate that Basit discussed the Doklam standoff with the Chinese ambassador to India. "China does hold a lot of cards and can hit India's Achilles' heel, but India has no leverage at all to have a strategic showdown with China", said the editorial.

Yesterday, the Global Times published a bellicose editorial titled "Military conflicts to escalate if India refuses to withdraw troops". However, China's aim to become the hegemonic power in Asia faces challenge from India and Japan. "China has a lot of cards than can hurt India's soft underbelly". "We hope this time New Delhi does not repeat the same mistake", it concluded. Some observers feel that the Doklam episode would find a happy resolution by then, for surely it would be terribly odd if the Indian PM were to attend summit meetings with the Chinese president (and other leaders) in China while their soldiers were locked in a tense standoff at the border.

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