China has made it clear that there is no room for negotiations on the border and India should know its incursion will by no means be allowed to become a fait accompli.
Amidst the standoff, China held live fire drills in Tibet close to India’s border in Arunachal.
The Centre has approved creation of 650 combat posts for intelligence setup, a big boost to the operational efficiency of the border guarding force. It was used by Xinhua and Communist Party of China-run People’s Daily in editorials last week.
The Indian and Chinese forces remain at stand-off at the border near Sikkim for the fifth week in a row, as neither of the two sides have agreed to soften their stance over the disputed territory of Doklam. “However, turning a deaf ear to China will but worsen the month-long stand-off and put itself further into embarrassment”, said the article. Diplomatic efforts led the troops frictions there to a well-arranged end. “But this time it is a totally different case”, it added. He said that in recent years the Chinese military developed a number of lightweight weapons such as a wheeled infantry fighting vehicle and a new light tank to meet requirements of mountain operations.
“If in the past India lacked capital, a developed manufacturing sector, and skilled manufacturing workers, the foreign manufacturing inflow is now helping India address the problem, backing up the government’s “Make in India” initiative”, it said. India maintained that the boundary is yet to be settled and asked China “to desist from changing the status quo”, referring to the road construction. “To cope with competition from India, China could start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era now”, it said.
Xinhua warned India of major consequences if its troops are not withdrawn from the territory of Doklam.
China has time and again reiterated its demand for “unconditional” withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam to resolve the weeks-long face-off.
The article, however, took note of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s recent remarks as a positive sign. Mr Malik said it’s a “provocative” gesture on behalf of China, but he doesn’t foresee a conflict taking place. India has advocated the principles since the 1950s along with China.
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.