China is able to make India suffer more severe military losses than in the past if it wants to engage in competition, said state-backed newspaper Global Times. China is now demanding India for troops withdrawal from the border.
A fresh border flare-up between the two nuclear-armed countries is happening.
Indian forces claimed they foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to occupy a hill on the disputed border in the western Himalayas.
On the same day, China’s military spokesperson demanded India withdraw troops that had illegally crossed their shared border.
China’s foreign ministry said Chinese border troops had not crossed the line of actual control.
“India … said it preempted Chinese military activity,” the Global Times said in an editorial.
“The word ‘preempt’ shows it was the Indian troops that first took destructive actions, and the Indian troops initiated the standoff this time.”
It added India faced a “powerful China”. It added, New Delhi should not have any “illusions” of support from Washington over the issue.
“But if India wants to engage in competition, China has more tools and capability than India. If India would like a military showdown, the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) is bound to make the Indian army suffer much more severe losses than it did in 1962.”
The Global Times is published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.
Tensions between the two armies in the freezing snow deserts of the Ladakh region have been running high for months.
In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand fighting with Chinese troops in the nearby Galwan.
Both sides had agreed to pull back after that clash. However, the Indian Army accused Chinese forces of violating that accord over the weekend.
China demands India withdraw troops from border
Meanwhile, China has demanded India for withdrawal of troops that Beijing said had illegally crossed their shared border. A military spokesman said China is taking countermeasures and will safeguard its territorial sovereignty.
In June this year, India banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese Apps, thinking it could blow the Chinese economy.
India and China fought a war in 1962 over their competing territorial claims. They have been unable to agree a permanent border along their frontier of nearly 3,500 km (2,000 miles).
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