Chinese media says India manipulated Sikkim under its control

With the G20 summit approaching, China has ruled out any possibility of a bilateral meeting between Premier Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the situation.

Both he and the Chinese president will hold bilateral meetings with other leaders at the summit.

"In addition, he will also participate in the BRICS Leaders meeting".

"The Chinese media is over-hyping the situation - even the Indian media is not averse to it, admittedly - and baying for India's blood".

The genesis of the skirmish between both the countries was China's attempts to construct a road in the strategically key area of Donglong.

"The nature of this is very serious", Mr Geng said, reiterating a demand for India to withdraw its troops to its side.

Beijing and New Delhi have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese military's construction team attempted to build a road.

The highly nationalistic daily "Global Times", which is affiliated to the Communist Party of China's mouthpiece People's Daily led the charge asking the government to scrap the previous agreements with India and support the secessionist elements in Sikkim.

Sikkim standoff: The editorial in Global Times said China was wary of India playing the Dalai Lama card, but this card is already overplayed and will exert no additional effect on the Tibet question.

He said the area is "undisputable" and Dokalam has always been under the "effective jurisdiction of China". The realignment of ground position was meant to grasp a decisive advantage in the region and went beyond the "needle and nibble" attempts to reset parts of the unsettled boundary between India and China.

Claiming that India has "startling control and oppression over Bhutan", the editorial said that the country has a similar effect on Sikkim as well.

Doklam is part of Chinese territory and there is no dispute over it, Geng said.

China must teach India "a bitter lesson" if it "incites" military conflict over the dispute in Donglong region in Sikkim sector, an influential Chinese daily said on Wednesday, adding that the Chinese "look down" on the Indian military, and India will "suffer greater losses than in 1962" in case of a conflict.

"As to changing the status quo, since Doklam is part of Chinese territory, activities conducted by China in Doklam are within China's sovereignty", he added. It is one of five Indian states that share border with China. Miltary experts have warned that road construction by China, if allowed, could skew the local balance of power in China's favour, leaving India more vulnerable to invasion in case of a military confrontation with Beijing. "Though Bhutan is closely allied with India, it has no formal diplomatic relations with China".

  • Rogelio Becker