Accusing India of behaving “shamelessly before the international community”, the Chinese media has warned that India will suffer “greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts”. “If New Delhi believes that its military might can be used as leverage in the Donglang area, and it’s ready for a two-and-a-half front war, we have to tell India that the Chinese look down on their military power. Jaitley is right that the India of 2017 is different from that of 1962 – India will suffer greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts,” an editorial in China’s state-run Global Times said, referring to recent statements by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army chief General Bipin Rawat.
“New Delhi’s real purpose is to turn the Donglang area of China into a disputed region and block China’s road construction there. The Cold War-obsessed India is suspicious that China is building the road to cut off the Siliguri Corridor, an area held by Indians as strategically important for India to control its turbulent northeast area,” the editorial said amid a 20-day standoff between the regional giants in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction. The standoff was triggered when the Chinese army’s construction party came to build a road.
China has also recently released a map to back its claim that Indian troops “transgressed” into the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.