Narendra Modi in Washington, DC: China steps up attack against India on multiple grounds

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was preparing to meet Donald and Melania Trump at the White House, China on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Indian Army accusing it of stopping the construction of a road in what it called its “sovereign territory”.

FP Staff June 27, 2017 17:29:26 IST
Narendra Modi in Washington, DC: China steps up attack against India on multiple grounds

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was preparing to meet Donald and Melania Trump at the White House, China on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Indian Army accusing it of stopping the construction of a road in what it called its "sovereign territory" in the Sikkim section of the India-China border.

Narendra Modi in Washington DC China steps up attack against India on multiple grounds

Representational image. PTI

Chinese defence ministry spokesman in an official statement further said that the Indian Army’s act has "seriously damaged" border’s peace and tranquility.

The statement came out hours after news of Chinese troops transgressing into the Indian side in Sikkim and jostling with the Indian troops were reported by the media. The face-off between the soldiers of the two armies started in the first week of June and continued for ten days at Doka La general area in Sikkim.

After the scuffle, the report stated, the Chinese troops entered the Indian territory and destroyed two makeshift bunkers of the Indian Army.

According to PTI, the incident was apparently the reason why China didn’t allow 47 Indian pilgrims from crossing through Nathu La border in Sikkim into Tibet to visit Kailash and Manasarovar last week.

Concerned about drones sale

Meanwhile, in a Hindustan Times article, a senior Chinese disarmament strategist said that China is more concerned about the sale of US surveillance drones to India, which will help New Delhi to keep a closer watch over the strategically important Indian Ocean.

The strategist Han Hua further said that China is "concerned" about the growing US-India strategic partnership ever since the civil nuclear deal was signed between the two countries.

“After the Bush administration opened the door to India, people in Washington have been talking about India’s role in checking China’s rise,” Hua told Hindustan Times.

Criticism of India-Afghanistan air corridor

Chinese media has also come down heavily on the India-Afghanistan dedicated air corridor which bypasses Pakistan, and called India as being “stubborn” in its geo-political thinking.

In its report the state-run Global Times asked that the already launched and the proposed routes between India, Afghanistan and Iran “This begs a question: Will India bypass Pakistan to develop trade with Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries?”

"All such connectivity efforts have not only signalled India’s desire to more actively participate in regional economic development, but have also highlighted the country’s stubborn geopolitical thinking,” the article adds, “India has always been pushing back against the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, so its intention to create its own connectivity network appears to be a strategy to counterbalance the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor."

China’s ‘shuttle diplomacy’ between Pakistan, Afghanistan

Pakistan has always accused India of meddling in Afghanistan and creating a rift between the two neighbouring countries.

Perhaps to help out its "all-weather friend", China has come forward to ease tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan this time.

China will conduct the shuttle diplomacy between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said during his visit to both the countries, according to Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

Yi visited Islamabad and Kabul on 24 and 25 June.

During the visit, the two countries agreed to establish the bilateral crisis management mechanism, Geng said.

The main targets for the visit are to implement the consensus between the state leaders and in addition the requirement of Afghanistan and Pakistan as directed by Chinese leaders, he said.

"We will conduct shuttle diplomacy to help improve relations between the two countries within our capacity and also to promote the peace process in Afghanistan," Geng said.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Narendra Modi launches financing facility worth Rs 1 lakh crore under Agri-Infra Fund; will help create jobs in villages, says PM
India

Narendra Modi launches financing facility worth Rs 1 lakh crore under Agri-Infra Fund; will help create jobs in villages, says PM

The prime minister, launching the fund through a video-conference Sunday, said it would create post-harvest infrastructure in villages and generate jobs

Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhumi pujan: Narendra Modi likens fight for temple to freedom struggle, says Ram belongs to all
India

Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhumi pujan: Narendra Modi likens fight for temple to freedom struggle, says Ram belongs to all

Ram temple will be the harbinger of a prosperous India, said Narendra Modi during the foundation stone laying ceremony in Ayodhya

'Modi govt has gone missing': Rahul Gandhi takes jibe at Centre as COVID-19 cases cross 20 lakh
India

'Modi govt has gone missing': Rahul Gandhi takes jibe at Centre as COVID-19 cases cross 20 lakh

He also tagged a 17 July tweet of his where he had predicted that there would be more than 20 lakh cases by 10 August if the government didn't do enough to curb the pandemic