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China Ups Rhetoric In Border Row With India

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China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling “genuinely troubling,” AFP reports.

For more than a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff on a remote but strategically important Himalayan plateau near where Tibet, India and Bhutan meet.

On Thursday, August 3, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang warned that Beijing had shown restraint but had a “bottom line.”

“No country should underestimate the Chinese forces’… resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty,” he said in a post on the ministry website.

It is a line that has been echoed almost word for word this week by the foreign ministry, the official Xinhua news agency, the ruling Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily, the official military news website of the Chinese armed forces, and other outlets.

On Wednesday, the foreign ministry released a 15-page document of “facts” about the border dispute, which included a map of alleged intrusions and photographs of what it stated were Indian troops and military vehicles on China’s side of the frontier.

Calling for the “immediate and unconditional” withdrawal of Indian troops, it warned Beijing would “take all necessary measures” to safeguard its interests.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday that India was building roads, hoarding supplies and deploying a large number of troops in the area.

“This is by no means for peace,” Geng said.


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One thought on “China Ups Rhetoric In Border Row With India

  • August 6, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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    China is playing the bully. Longer term, India is the one country in Asia that can counter China’s influence in Asia and elsewhere. Projections are that by 2050, India will be more powerful than China. They are trying to alter the strategic strength along the Himalayan border.It should not be allowed.

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