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India must withdraw troops to avoid 'serious consequences': Chinese state media

India must withdraw troops to avoid 'serious consequences': Chinese state media

As tensions continued to mount between neighbours India and China, with state-run newspapers running the rhetoric to full gear amid the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region near the Bhutan tri-junction, Indian troops are settling in for the long haul with tents, supplies and personnel.

Xingchun said this in criticism of India's logic that they had penetrated in Doklam area in the Sikkim sector at Bhutan's request. A nationalist tabloid, it said India "should be taught a bitter lesson" and warned that if the confrontation escalates, India will suffer "greater losses" than those of the 1962 war.

Strategic analysts feel that India is at an advantageous position and would not succumb to China's strong- arm tactics. He also said that both countries must not allow differences to spiral out of control and become a dispute.

In the midst of the standoff, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping warmly greeted each other Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg. After the discussions, the Indian delegation had felt that both sides were on the same page, but they were in for a rude shock when a Chinese military construction team began to construct a road in Bhutanese territory a week later.

Ambassador Luo Zhaohui told media in New Delhi that the Chinese people were deeply angry over the "occupation" by Indian troops of its sovereign territory but said the showdown should be resolved through diplomatic means. India has reasons to worry because Dokalam area is very close to the "chicken neck" Siliguri corridor, which connects West Bengal with the rest of the northeastern States.

And few things inflame passions in Beijing like the Dalai Lama, who has been based in Dharamsala, India, for decades. The space for Tibetan separatists has been largely squeezed as more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama. "If New Delhi is pulling the strings of the Tibetan exiles' political act of flag-hoisting, it will only have burned itself". "But India may overestimate the influence of Tibetan exiles", it said.

During the question and answer session, he said that "no part of the border has been agreed on the ground". Nearly 55 years later, and two Asian giants continue facing off each other along a three thousand kilometre-long contested mountainous border.

It is not possible to verify how many troops either side has massed.

Mohammad Sadiq, Secretary-General of the India-China Economic and Cultural Council, said that the current border standoff was an issue that would pass off quickly.

Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says, "The growing Chinese suspicion that India was casting its lot entirely with the United States has intensified Beijing's determination to be even less accommodative towards New Delhi".

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