Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

In provocative edit, China calls Sushma Swaraj 'liar'

In provocative edit, China calls Sushma Swaraj 'liar'

She also said that "all countries are in India's support" on the issue as as they realise that China is "getting aggressive with Bhutan". If Beijing weighs it with care, instead of letting loose its propaganda rag Global Times to accuse the external affairs minister of "lying", then it is conceivable that the two countries may have taken the first tentative step toward de-escalation.

If China was hoping for tea and sympathy from the USA for its weeks-long territorial standoff with India in Doklam, it was in for a rude surprise.

Sushma Swaraj said India was not doing anything unreasonable."Foreign countries are with us". New Delhi's impetuous action stuns the worldwide community.

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On 20 July, Swaraj had spoken in Parliament about why India had to "intervene at the tri-junction point to stop China's unilateral attempt to change the status quo because this would impact our security".

Speaking in the upper house of parliament, Ms Swaraj said that "India has not said anything unreasonable" and that "all countries are in India's support". The editorial asked India to "abandon the long-term fantasy" of the Doklam area. "China cherishes peace. But peace can not be achieved at the expense of China's lost territory, and 1.4 billion Chinese people will not accept that peace", it said. While the elites of India and China are competitors for resources and investment, this deterioration has been principally driven by India's ever deeper integration into Washington's military-strategic offensive against China.

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. "If Indian troops continue trespassing into China's territory, what Beijing may do next is to get prepared for a military confrontation against New Delhi and resolve the conflict through non-diplomatic means", it warned. We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions.

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The editorial said: "China has already shown its tolerance and calmness to the largest extent".

The Indian Army is ready for a long haul in holding onto its position in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction, notwithstanding China ratcheting up rhetoric against India demanding pulling back of its troops.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday said China was trying to spread its influence but India was doing everything to protect its interests.

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Unlike in the past, China reacted vituperatively with its state-controlled media repeatedly issuing dire warnings of repeating its 1962 invasion.

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