The Chinese media today accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of lying in Parliament. The claim came a day after the minister’s powerful speech in the house, where it accused China of “unilaterally” trying to change the status quo in the Dokalam area. We had reported how China had been moving military hardware into Sikkim, not very far from the disputed area.
Yesterday in Parliament, Sushma Swaraj had stated that “all countries are in India’s support” over the Dokalam issue and had emphasized that “both sides should withdraw troops.” She has been quoted saying, “They understand that the stand taken by India on the issue is not wrong.”
Today, the Global Times, which is China’s state-controlled media, called the statements “a lie” in an op-ed piece. The Economic Times quoted,”She (Sushma Swaraj) is lying to the Parliament. India’s invasion of Chinese territory is a plain fact. New Delhi’s impetuous action stuns the international community. No other country will support India’s aggression.”
It went on to reiterate that the Dokalam area is part of “Chinese territory and Indian should withdraw its troops for any talks and China will not compromise on this stance”.
“India should abandon the fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam”
The op-ed piece also tried to escalate the issue, saying, “India’s military strength is far behind that of China. If the conflict between China and India escalates to the intensity where their row has to be resolved through military means, India will surely lose.”
“India should abandon the fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam. China has shown utmost tolerance and patience toward India. If Indian troops continue trespassing into China’s territory, what Beijing may do next is to get prepared for a military confrontation against New Delhi and resolve the conflict through non-diplomatic means.”
“People’s Liberation Army has deployed troops near the China-India border and transported materials and supplies to the area. PLA is also reportedly conducting drills for mountain operations. These are certainly not for show.”
The Global Times went on to apparently challenge certain media reports which have suggested that India’s military strength is not less than that of China’s. “They (the media) bragged that India has more troops in the area but they fail to realize that the PLA’s strong capability to deploy troops can reverse the balance of power at the border within a day,” it said. “China’s military spending is four times that of India where its GDP volume is five times that of India. The great gap will shape the actual pattern of power balance between the two countries at the border.”
There was also a reference to the 1962 Sino-Indian war. “Back in 1962, India underestimated China’s resolution to safeguard its territory. We hope India won’t repeat this mistake.”
The India-China Border Standoff began when Indian forces stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed Dokalam area. India has said repeatedly that a road in the area would cut off the North-Eastern states from the mainland. China, however, claims that the area is part of its Donglang region.