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China derides India’s peace overtures in response to its threats of war over Doklam

India China(TibetanReview.net, Aug09, 2017) – The Chinese government Media has on Aug 7 expressed disappointment with India for responding with remarks about hopes for peace in reaction to its threats of imminent war over the Doklam issue. It said India was misjudging China’s intention and hope for peace.

“Of course China doesn’t want to risk a war and hopes that peace could return and China and India can get along well. But if Indian troops continue to linger on Chinese soil, it will be quite another matter,” said a commentary carried by the globaltimes.cn Aug 7.

It said India’s first Prime Minister Nehru paid the price when he made constant provocations at the China-India border in 1962, firmly believing China would not strike back because the latter had just undergone domestic turmoil and natural disasters; Beijing and Washington were engaged in hostility, and China’s relations with the Soviet Union had begun to chill.

It said the Nehru government underestimated the determination of the Chinese government to safeguard China’s territorial integrity even as the country was mired in both domestic and diplomatic woes.

The commentary went on to say that the Indian government was as naïve as it ever was after 55 years and that the lessons of the 1962 war had not lasted for half a century.

And it said that if New Delhi really keeps the faith that China will not take military action under any circumstances, then its analysis is not based on the principles of international politics and military science and that countermeasures from it will be unavoidable.

Also, en.people.cn, the website of China’s party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, of which globaltimes.cn is a part, said Aug 7 that India’s reaction to a Chinese scholar’s remarks about possible small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops in “China’s Doklam” region reflected the country’s lack of self-confidence. This, it said, referred to an opinion by Meghnad Desai, an India-born UK economist and commentator on South Asian affairs, that the standoff could soon spiral into an all-out war involving the US.

“Being too nervous about a scholar’s comments about a possible military operation and counting on the speculated ‘aid’ from the US reflect India’s lack of self-confidence,” Long Xingchun, director of the Center of India Studies at China West Normal University, was quoted as saying in an interview with the Global Times.

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