Doklam standoff: China Launches Diplomatic Offensive Against India, Warns Border Dispute Could Turn Into Full-Blown War
New Delhi, July 19: Asking India to withdraw its troops from the disputed border at Doklam, China has launched a diplomatic campaign to blame New Delhi for the fresh tension on border in Sikkim sector. While India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, briefing Parliamentarians on Doklam standoff, said China has been unusually aggressive and articulate, a Chinese newspaper again warned that Beijing was battle ready and not afraid to go to war with India in an “all-out confrontation”.
China on Tuesday confirmed that its diplomats were in touch with foreign missions to brief them about Beijing’s version on Doklam dispute. “The illegal trespass by the Indian border personnel has drawn extensive attention from the international community and many foreign diplomatic missions in China said they were shocked by this,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. “We stressed the facts are very clear in this incident. The Sikkim section on China-India boundary is mutually recognised by the two sides. This time the Indian border personnel illegally trespassed into Chinese territory,” Lu added. (ALSO READ: US expresses concern over Indo-China border stand off)
However, China didn’t name any country or group of countries being briefed by it on the controversy. According to a report of Times of India, the US, Britain, and France said they didn’t attend any briefing by the Chinese on the border stand-off with India. It is not clear whether the Chinese officials held a separate briefing for envoys of Russia. China once again warned India that the border dispute in Doklam could turn into a full-blown war and asked New Delhi to pull back troops. “We hope the Indian side get the clear understanding of the current situation and take immediate measures to pull back the personnel,” Lu said.
Meanwhile, a commentary in the state-run Global Times said China doesn’t fear going to war and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation. “China doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either, and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation,” said the article by Duo Mu. The writer said one important reason that prompted India to trigger the border dispute was its worry over China’s economic development. “China has risen quickly to be the world’s No. 2 economy… New Delhi is deeply concerned with China’s rapid rise. Provocation at the border reflects India’s worry and attempt to sound out China.”
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.