Doklam standoff: Countdown to a military conflict has begun, warns Chinese media

Doklam standoff: Countdown to a military conflict has begun, warns Chinese media

The India-China standoff over Doklam is nearing two months and it has perhaps started impacting Chinese business in India. The stinging editorial titled "New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time", opined that the window to peacefully resolve the standoff in Doklam is closing even as the row enters its seventh week. It went on to explain that India is a "great regional power" and must act more responsibly on such serious issues instead of taking advantage of the situation.

It wasn't the first incident of open military threat.

Wang said, "It is impossible to have a dialogue with India at this time".

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India's military trespassing is an infringement of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Various Chinese media have called India a hegemon, and even official statements have warned about the dire outcome in case war were to break out between the two countries. However, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has reminded Beijing that India of 2017 is different from that of 1962. This is reflection of the fact that the Indian side lodged protests with China from the very beginning of this episode, according persons familiar with the issue. The state-run Global Times had said that if India does not pull back its troops "with dignity", it should be "taught a bitter lesson".

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"It is a war with an obvious result", the editorial said. While hawks on the Chinese side favour escalation by the PLA, intruding into eight mutually identified disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), such a move will further isolate Beijing globally after its aggressive behaviour in the South China Sea.

India signed the Treaty of Friendship with Bhutan in 1949 after declaring independence from British rule, and inherited Britain's sway over Bhutan. "India's intrusion into the Chinese territory under the pretext of Bhutan has not only violated China's territorial sovereignty but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence".

Meghnad Desai, an India-born United Kingdom economist and commentator on South Asian affairs, predicted that the standoff could soon spiral into an all-out war involving the USA, which he said, would support India. "And make such guarantees to the media that China wouldn't take military action".

Chinese officials say they are ready to engage in a "small-scale military operation" to remove Indian soldiers they say are on Chinese soil. "They want to raise the morale of them and they want to give a tiger like mage in front of the public of China that we will not let anybody attack or divide China". "If the market signals are such that the demand for solar is increasing to the extent that it has an impact on the cost of solar, then this is a generic phenomena, which is not specific to the India-China dispute".

It said: "India should by no means count on support from the U.S. and Japan because their support is illusory". Soldiers' personal competence and educational background play even more important role. "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".