The ruling Communist Party of China has issued a stern warning to neighboring India, with which it is engaged in a bitter border dispute that has recently seen Chinese live-fire drills and media speculation of extensive Indian military casualties denied by both sides.
After accusing Indian troops of crossing over the disputed Sikkim border last month, Chinese Communist Party outlet Global Times published a commentary Tuesday urging restraint by both belligerents, but warning that China was prepared to engage India in a battle for the contested land. The piece chalked up the conflict to a greater competition for economic and political dominance between the two leading Asian powers and said that Beijing would amass troops and armaments at the border in anticipation for what could turn into an all-out war.
“China doesn’t recognize the land under the actual control of India is Indian territory. Bilateral border negotiations are still ongoing, but the atmosphere for negotiations has been poisoned by India,” Global Times’ op-ed read.
“China doesn’t advocate and tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but China doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either, and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation.”
The recent Sino-India border strife has been called the most serious since a 1962 battle that saw about 2,000 killed, most of them Indian soldiers, and a minor expansion of China’s borders. Over half a century later, tensions were stirred again June 16 when China accused Indian troops of crossing a mutually agreed boundary separating the far western Chinese region of Tibet and the far eastern Indian state of Sikkim, which China only recognized as belonging to India in 2003. New Delhi has accused Beijing of compromising the security of India and neighboring Bhutan by expanding Chinese infrastructure close to the border. Both sides have refused to stand down, and recent Chinese military moves have raised fears that the situation could soon escalate.
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