"New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time," is the title of Tuesday's editorial of the China Daily, published by the Communist Party of China.
In one of the most scathing editorials till now aimed at India over the Doklam row in the Sikkim sector, China Daily has warned that 'the countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun'.
The stinging editorial opined that the window to peacefully resolve the standoff in Doklam is closing even as the row enters its seventh week. "The countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun, and the clock is ticking away the time to what seems to be an inevitable conclusion."
The editorial goes onto say that all India needs to do is withdraw its troops from the Doklam area for any kind of meaningful talks and for Beijing to avoid any kind of conflict. "Beijing has time and again sent the message that to avoid conflict all India needs to do is withdraw all its troops from an area that based on historical treaties, historically expressed agreements and long-exercised control both have long agreed is Chinese territory."
India a major challenger to China's influence, US expert
Amid rhetoric from China, the Indian news agency, the Press Trust of India (PTI), quoted an American Chinese expert as saying Chinese President Xi Jinping sees Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who is willing to stand up for Indian interests and to work together with other countries in the region that are looking to impose constraints on China
The PTI quoted Bonnie S Glaser from Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as saying: "I think that Xi Jinping sees Prime Minister Modi as a leader who is willing to stand up for Indian interests and to work together with other countries in the region that are looking to impose constraints on China, and particularly the US and Japan, and that's something I think Beijing is worried about."
Glaser, who has served as a member of the Defense Department's Defense Policy Board China Panel in 1997, believes that China sees India as a major challenger to it in the long term. "China sees India as the biggest rising developing power that in the longer run, " could pose challenges. In the near term, China worries most about India's cooperation with other countries, forging coalitions with other countries like Japan, Australia, and the US, to counter Chinese power influence in the region," she noted.
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