China takes hard stance in territorial dispute with India


"China and India have been trying to explore ways to resolve the boundary question through the Special Representatives mechanism and have jointly taken measures to maintain peace and tranquillity in border areas".

Asking Chinese firms present in India to be alert and take precautions, the daily said violent attacks against Chinese personnel and companies may happen in India if the two countries see even small-scale military tension at the border.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said very proudly during a visit to Russian Federation last month that not a single bullet had been fired along the border between India and China for 40 years. The report asked New Delhi to safeguard the security of Chinese-funded institutions against possible anti-China riots.

"As we all know in 1950s China, India and Myanmar proposed the five principles (Panchsheel) of co-existence", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang told reporters here.

Beijing has asked New Delhi to withdraw troops, reiterating it as a precondition to settle an ongoing stand-off in India's Sikkim sector, where the two countries share a little over 200 km of border.

In a formal statement issued June 29, Bhutan also accused China of constructing a road "inside Bhutanese territory" and called it a "direct violation" of its territorial treaty obligations.

He also asserted India has no right to interfere in the China-Bhutan boundary talks, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan.

India and China share a 2,174-mile border, with some parts still being contested. "We have already had 24 rounds of talks with Bhutan since the 1980s".

Back in the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, China had refused to deal with India as far as the affairs of Sikkim and Bhutan.

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"Perhaps its defeat in that war was too humiliating for some in the Indian military and that is why they are talking belligerently this time", it said.

These small quarrels were later considered as the warm up before the war which was fought between India and China in 1967.

According to Global Times, the face-off between Chinese and Indian troops in the Sikkim section of the Sino-Indian border seems to be escalating.

The editorial said India would suffer greater losses than it did in 1962, if it incited conflict.

China on Wednesday said Indian troops were "still standing in Chinese territory" at Donglang, hinting that the standoff near the Sikkim border could affect the bilateral mechanism created to address the long-standing boundary dispute.

They have also described the situation as "worryingly tense".

There is little doubt that China's aim is to contain India's rising power through strategic linkages with the country's neighbours, particularly Pakistan.

China also complained bitterly when Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, visited Arunachal Pradesh in April, something India said amounted to interference in its internal affairs. "We will work together with Bhutan to properly resolve the boundary question through friendly negotiations", he said.