China Preparing 'Small' Military Operation to Expel Indian Troops

Illustration Ajit Ninan

Illustration Ajit Ninan

However, they should remember, India is much more than this.

China urged India to immediately pull back the trespassing troops to the Indian side of the boundary and called on them to swiftly address the situation in a proper manner to restore peace and tranquility in the border region, Ren Guoqiang, a spokesperson for the defense ministry said in a statement posted on its website late Thursday night.

The mountainous frontier between Bhutan and China is hard to define. Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Vice Premier Wang Yang, who is likely to visit Kathmandu next week, might take up the issue with Nepal leaders.

As reports of the border standoff between India and China continue to hog headlines, one of the concerns raised is whether this would have a bearing on the solar sector in India because local project developers are dependent on solar cells and modules imported from China.

READ ALSO:Ban Chinese goods: Can India do to China what China does to other countries? At the same time it is seeking to check India's efforts to help Bhutan.

Thimphu viewed these developments with alarm and responded by closing its northern border. India is a growing economy too, and their bullying won't pay off. Despite 24 rounds of talks since the 1980s, both countries still lay claim to multiple areas along the western border. The churning created by rapid transformation of China from poverty to enormous wealth seems to have thrown up towards the top the many base elements in its society that have known how to profit most from the change. It was an objection raised also by the Royal Bhutanese Army.

In another editorial, it had also claimed that India has more in common with China than with the United States.

In Afghanistan, a vital interest for India, the Trump administration at first seemed set to adopt a welcome new policy of beefing up USA forces to stop the Pakistan-supported Taliban.

According to multiple Indian media outlets, a few Indian journalists have been visiting China's Defense Ministry in Beijing and having face-to-face dialogues with high-level officers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Accusations of border intrusions by both sides remained a common occurrence, usually followed by fiery rhetoric. It is baring the ugly face of its diplomacy more and more, using unbecoming language, adopting condescending postures, crowing about the disparity in power between it and others and unashamedly acting as a bully where it thinks it can.

In 1962, India had made constant provocations at the China-India border and then, the Nehru government believed Beijing won't strike a war as it was already undergoing domestic turmoil and natural disasters, a Chinese state-run media, Global Times said in an editorial. India has been cozying up to the U.S. ever since the new NDA government assumed power.

The media on India side has been non-combative in comparison to Chinese media.

China is being very aggressive after its road building bid was thwarted in Doklam.

In fact, in the mid-1960s, India and Bhutan had differences of their own. But if Indian forces continue to hang around on Chinese soil, that's something completely different.

"If India keeps ignoring China's warnings, war is inevitable", he added. Russian reports were likely a menacing signal from the Soviet Union to the Chinese leadership to back off. What the editorial was indicating was Chinese willingness to go to war over the issue. If India remains firm in its commitment to Bhutan, the standoff will only serve to deepen the India-Bhutan alliance even further.

The Chinese mouthpiece elaborated what it wants from the South Asian neighbours.

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