China refutes Sushma Swaraj’s claim, prepared to ‘resolve conflict through non-diplomatic means’

After Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj stated that India had the support of other nations, including Bhutan, on the border standoff, Chinese publication Global Times has completely refuted the statement, stating that India’s military strength is far behind that of the Chinese.

As the border standoff continues into a second month, China has increasingly sought to flex its diplomatic and military muscles to force the standoff in their favour. India has however, remained steadfast and continues to demand the complete withdrawal of both Indian and Chinese troops to reach a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

The article published in the state-run media publication Global Times claims that India has invaded Chinese territory in Doklam and that “India should abandon its fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam”, claiming that India’s stance is indicative of its “guilty conscience.”

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The article states quite clearly that China may prepare for “a military confrontation against Delhi and resolve the conflict through non-diplomatic means.” China’s bullish stance is backed up by their massive troop movement in Tibet where the People’s Liberation Army is reportedly carrying out drills. The article also states that India should not rely on external support on the conflict from the US or Japan.

The border standoff between the two nations continues at Doklam with neither nation looking to yield. However, both countries have agreed to discuss the issue in their bilateral meetings, with India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval travelling to Beijing next week to discuss the matter at the BRICS NSA meeting.

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