The Chinese experts warned on Monday that China will determinedly protect its sovereignty in the border issues with India even at the expense of the war, in the middle of a standoff between the two countries in the Sikkim sector. The war could be done if the turmoil between India and China is not managed properly, said the official media and the think tanks in Beijing as the argument at the Doklam area sustained for the third week.
From the 3,488 km-long India-China boundary from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section comes in Sikkim. The state-run Global Times daily quoted Chinese experts saying that China will decisively guard its border sovereignty in issues with Indian soldiers even at the expense of war. Reacting to the Defense Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks that India in 2017 differs from what is at 1962, Wang Dehua, a professor at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies told the daily that “China is also different from what it was in 1962”. Jaitley had said, “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and the India of 2017 is different.” “India has been treating China as its biggest competitor since 1962, as both countries share many similarities. For instance, they are both developing countries with huge populations,” Wang said.
The Global Times report said, “There could be a chance of war if the recent conflict between China and India is not handled properly, observers said, noting that China will resolutely defend its territory and safeguard the border.” “In 1962, China fought a war with India after the latter encroached on Chinese territory, resulting in the deaths of 722 Chinese troops and 4,383 Indian soldiers,” the daily said. The experts called on both edges to solve the argument through dialogue and discussions, it said. The director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Zhao Gancheng, told the newspaper that “Both sides should focus on development rather than conflict or war”. “A conflict between the two may give other countries a chance to take advantage, for example, the US,” he added.
“India should change its hostile attitude toward China as a good relationship is beneficial for both sides,” Wang said. The experts of China also needed the exception to reports that India’s Defense Ministry is surveying the India-China boundary in order to create an “all-weather railway corridor” with the broad-gauge network for the swift motion of soldiers and weaponry. Zhao said, “India is trying to catch up with China in the construction of frontier defense.”