Sikkim standoff: Chinese daily says Sushma lied about support from other nations, warns India of war

India and China have been engaged in a military standoff in Doklam in Sikkim since June 16. Beijing accuses Delhi of trespass and preventing its soldiers from building a road.

Chinese official media on Friday continued its aggressive posturing on the ongoing Doklam impasse, calling external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj a liar for telling Parliament that all countries were supporting New Delhi on the standoff.

Swaraj had told Parliament on Thursday that “all countries are in India’s support” on the face-off between troops between the two countries near the Sikkim border.

She had added that India was alert to the need of protecting its security near the border where the “boundaries of China, India and Bhutan” meet.

The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) had indicated earlier this week that members of the diplomatic corps had sounded out Beijing on the standoff and had expressed “shock” at the development.

The nationalistic tabloid, Global Times’s editorial said Swaraj had lied to Parliament.

“She (Swaraj) was lying to Parliament. First, India’s invasion of Chinese territory is a plain fact. New Delhi’s impetuous action stuns the international community. No other country will support India’s aggression.

“Second, India’s military strength is far behind that of China. If the conflict between China and India escalates to the intensity where their row has to be resolved through military means, India will surely lose,” the GT editorial said.

“India should abandon the fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam. China will by no means agree to the withdrawal of troops from both sides in order for talks to be held.

“Doklam is Chinese territory. The withdrawal of Indian troops must be a precondition for talks and China will not compromise on this stance,” the editorial said.

The Times said the live-fire drill in Tibet by the Chinese Army and movement of huge military supplies to the region was not for “show”.

It noted that India India’s stance has recently changed subtly and started to stress that Doklam is “a tri-junction area of China, India and Bhutan” and said it showed “New Delhi’s guilty conscience”.

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