Chinese media on border stand-off: 1962 defeat has left lingering effect on India


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    Defeat by China in 1962 had lingering effect on India: Article

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    India making unfounded countercharges through its media: Article on Sikkim stand-off

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    Donglang region belongs neither to Bhutan nor to India: Chinese govt

Taking a cue from China’s government, which on Wednesday said India carried the “liability” for the on-going border stand-off, Chinese media outlets have slammed India over the incident, linking it to everything from American support for India to the 1962 war.

“Being defeated by China in 1962 has left a lingering effect on India,” said a widely circulated article on Thursday by an unnamed writer on the quasi-official China Internet portal.

“The whole nation’s strategy shifted from seeking  political power, diplomatic power, and from being the leader of the non aligned movement to the direction of seeking military superiority. These are both objective and psychological factors.”

On the Sikkim stand-off, the article accused India of “making unfounded countercharges through Indian media and claiming that China’s construction corps had crossed the border into Indian territory.”

The article also saw a link to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s recent US visit. “In July, the United States, India and Japan will hold joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean. Also with steady development in its relationships with Russia, India began to engage in small actions on the border between China and India.”

‘SIKKIM WAS ORIGINALLY A COUNTRY’

The widely-read and hawkish Global Times, in its more influential Chinese edition, said that “as is known to all, Sikkim was originally a country and was incorporated into India in 1975”.

“The original border between China and Sikkim was already demarcated, and the government of India later did not object to that border. Most of the border disputes between the two sides often occur in the western part, in the eastern part of the border have occurred only a few times, and in the Sikkim section have hardly ever occurred. In 2006 the two sides reopened the Sikkim Nathu La pass, because of no border dispute there.”

On Wednesday, the Chinese government said the Donglang region, which is disputed by Bhutan, neither belonged to Bhutan nor India, and accused a “third party”, likely referring to India, of having “a hidden agenda” by “interfering”.

Bhutan has formally protested China building a road into its territory, but the Chinese media have glossed over the Bhutan factor and instead described the incident only as one of India “crossing the border” and stopping the construction.

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