Indian National Security Adviser in Beijing Amid Border Tension — Chinese media ridicules India; Accuses India of blackmail; Says India provokes China

BEIJING — India’s national security adviser was in Beijing Friday for discussions amid a standoff between Chinese and Indian forces over disputed territory high in the Himalayas that has now entered its second month.

There has been no official word about the talks between Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, who were believed to have met the day before on the sidelines of a meeting of the BRICS nations that also includes Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

The standoff began in June after Indian troops were sent to confront Chinese forces working on a road over the Doklam Plateau that is also claimed by India ally Bhutan. China and India fought a border war in 1962 and much of their frontier remains in dispute, with multiple rounds of bilateral talks making little headway on a resolution.

Speaking at the BRICS meeting Friday, Doval said discussions on security issues among the five nations were part of efforts to “help global peace and stability.” The grouping is largely focused on economic and trade issues and has no formal mechanism for mediating security disputes among its members.

China has demanded that Indian troops withdraw unilaterally before any talks can be held on the matter, while New Delhi says each side should stand down. Both claim to have the preponderance of international opinion on their side.

China’s ruling Communist Party-controlled press has used the confrontation to mock Indian efforts to stand up to Beijing, echoing official Chinese statements warning India not to “push its luck” and pledging to pay any price to defend Chinese sovereignty.

Writing in the official newspaper Global Times on Friday, Chinese navy researcher Zhang Ye said: “As long as India keeps its military force there, it will fall deeper into the strategic dilemma created by itself.”

On Thursday, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Gopal Baglay declined to comment on Doval’s meetings in Beijing, but said the impasse should be handled peacefully through dialogue and in a “manner that they do not become disputes.

“That remains our approach and this is exactly what we have said in the past,” Baglay told journalists in New Delhi.


Associated Press writer Nirmala George in New Delhi contributed to this report.


Ajit Doval visit: Chinese media says no compromise on Doklam

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Thursday met with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi for bilateral talks.

Ananth Krishnan | Posted by Isha Gupta
Beijing, July 28, 2017 | UPDATED 08:06 IST

As National Security Adviser Ajit Doval holds talks in Beijing, China’s media has said Beijing “will not compromise” on its stand over the Doklam stand-off and that a unilateral withdrawal by India was a precondition for dialogue.

Doval on Thursday met with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi for bilateral talks, and on Friday morning attended the BRICS NSA’s summit in Beijing. Later on Friday, he will call on Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Party-run Global Times said on Friday that “Beijing will not compromise with India’s visiting national security adviser,” adding that “the only way to resolve the current standoff is for India to unilaterally withdraw its troops”.

“China’s position will not change and the Indian government and media should better abandon the illusion of using force to bully China into a compromise,” Hu Zhiyong, a scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the paper.

Lin Minwang, a scholar at Fudan University, added that unless India withdrew, Doval’s meetings “would not be meaningful”. “China is also unlikely to further clarify its redline or even deliver an ultimatum to India, because we still want to offer India a chance for a peaceful solution,” he said.

Hu said the Doklam issue “will not dominate the meeting in Beijing because this is a regular meeting between BRICS countries”. “As the host, we also need to consider other BRICS guests and discuss other important issues”, he said.

Jin Canrong, a prominent strategic expert at Renmin University, accused India of “blackmail”. “India’s behavior is like ‘blackmail’ to some extent as it knows China will hold the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which is a key political event,” he said, referring to the November once-in-five-year congress.

He said that as China’s “strategic priority is its eastern coast and the Asian-Pacific region”, its military presence in the western frontier “is less than India’s”. “India believes China does not want to start a conflict with the outside world, and therefore it believes it can use force to provoke China and win the compromise it wants,” he said.

Hu added that although China’s deployment was less, the PLA had “the ability to deploy more troops from other provinces to the border area in Tibet”.” China has nothing to be afraid of even if the situation requires a military solution,” he said.

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One Response to “Indian National Security Adviser in Beijing Amid Border Tension — Chinese media ridicules India; Accuses India of blackmail; Says India provokes China”

  1. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Chinese media ridicules everyone.

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