China will continue to threaten India for public relation effect: Defence expert

Congress spokesman Ajoy Kumar said that India should endeavour to broker peace on the worldwide border, including using the diplomatic route to ensure that China withdraw its troops from Doklam.

Accusing the Indian troops of illegally crossing into the Chinese territory, he reiterated China's stand that the Indian side should withdraw its troops "immediately and unconditionally".

Spokesperson of China's Defense Ministry, Col. Ren Guoqiang has made it clear that the Peoples" Liberation Army is not planning a "small scale military action' to weed out Indian troops from the disputed Doklam area near Sikkim in India, as suggested by a section of the Chinese media.

It wasn't the first incident of open military threat. At the same time it is seeking to check India's efforts to help Bhutan.

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The editorial is the latest in a string of angry rhetoric that is appearing in Chinese media over the past few weeks. However, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has reminded Beijing that India of 2017 is different from that of 1962. "But no country should ever underestimate the resolve of the Chinese government and people to defend China's territorial sovereignty", adding, "China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests". The government of Jawaharlal Nehru at that time firmly believed China would not strike back.

"It is a war with an obvious result", the editorial said. Bhutan has protested to China, saying the area belonged to it and accused Beijing of violating agreements that aim to maintain the status quo until the boundary dispute is resolved.

Of the United States dollars 2.34 billion worth of solar equipment brought into India in the financial year 2015-16, a staggering USD 1.96 billion worth of solar cells and modules were produced in China, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told Parliament in November 2016.

It's a strategic vulnerability for India, and New Delhi fears Beijing's encroachment there. Talks between India and China are going on at various levels and only recently, the National Security Adviser had detailed talks with the Chinese President.

Meghnad Desai, an India-born United Kingdom economist and commentator on South Asian affairs, predicted that the standoff could soon spiral into an all-out war involving the US, which he said, would support India. "This could promote the formation of a string of active economic development zones surrounding India, which would not be a bad thing if it could place pressure on New Delhi to deepen its economic cooperation with neighbouring countries".

In the same interview, Desai also foresaw that the war will break in many areas and that the United States would soon join India in this clash, elaborating further that the United States and India will need each other's support to rise against China. We could be in a full-scale war with China within a month.

India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, who is the equivalent to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, took a defiant tone in a recent speech given to her nation's parliament.

  • Leroy Wright