Beijing—The countdown to a military conflict between India and China has begun and New Delhi should come to senses and withdraw troops from Doklam before it’s too late, a Chinese daily, close to foreign ministry, said on Wednesday.
An editorial in the state-run China Daily told India that the “clock is ticking away”. The piece was the latest addition to the hostile commentaries in the Chinese media.
The newspaper said “India will only have itself to blame” if it didn’t withdraw troops from Doklam where its troops are locked in a stand-off with the Chinese Army since mid-June.
“The countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun, and the clock is ticking away the time to what seems to be an inevitable conclusion,” it said.
“As the standoff … enters its seventh week, the window for a peaceful solution is closing.”
China has warned India of serious consequences if Indian troops were not pulled back from Doklam, which Beijing calls Donglang and claims is its territory.
India has proposed to China to simultaneously pull back from Doklam, which India and Bhutan say belongs to Thimpu. Beijing has refused.
The newspaper said India had ignored China’s stern warnings.
Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear will have got the message. Yet New Delhi refuses to come to its senses and pull its troops back to its own side of the border.”
Meanwhile state run Xinhua news agency also issued a warning asking New Delhi not to “flirt with disaster.”
Describing the two-month long Doklam impasse as an unsettled border issue between China and Bhutan, Xinhua asserted that, “It has nothing to do with India. China respects Bhutan as an independent sovereign state and resents India’s attempt to turn it into a de facto protectorate.”
The article further warned India, “India must not underestimate China. The People’s Liberation Army was built to safeguard peace and to protect national sovereignty, security and development interests.”
The article said, “Despite China’s demonstrable goodwill, India has nothing but words. Its External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India would “keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute,” and “patience, control on comments and diplomacy can resolve problems. The truth is that India has not only failed to withdraw its troops, but continues to make eccentric demands and is not looking for a resolution.”
Adding, “There are not many signs that India is seeking peace. If India is sincere about peace, its troops should never have invaded China in the first place, and ought to immediately and unconditionally get back to their own side of the border.”
The agency also ruled out negotiation with India.
The commentary read, “The Indian side is deluded if it thinks that China is about to negotiate with an invading force while its national territorial integrity remains infringed indefinitely.”