Earlier reports said the Chinese army recently tested a new light battle tank being manufactured by China. As the confrontation goes on, China needs to get ready for the face-off becoming a long-term situation and at the same time, needs to maintain a sense of rationality. India has almost two lakh troops stationed in the areas it disputes with China, outnumbering its neighbour's forces by as much as 15 or 20 to one, it said.
India should not use "trespass" into the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector as a "policy tool" to achieve its "political targets", China said on Tuesday, asking New Delhi to immediately withdraw its troops to avoid any escalation. It is not clear if the Chinese officials held a separate briefing for envoys of Russian Federation, which is seen to be close to China these days.
"China must be prepared for future conflicts and confrontation", the commentary said. Anxious about being seen bullying a small country like Bhutan, it is desperate to blame India for the stand-off on the border. Rubbishing the Indian claims of acting on behalf of Bhutan in the disputed region, Xinhua opined that New Delhi is attempting to undermine the sovereignty of Thimphu. According to an MEA statement, India and Bhutan had been in close contact on the issue, and in coordination with the Bhutanese, "Indian personnel who were present at the general area Doklam approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo".
In fact, the border states have formed a high-level committee to resolve the environmental and land acquisition concerns to speed up infrastructure projects along India-China border. These are legitimate actions of a sovereign country.
The article in the Chinese tabloid accused India of poisoning the atmosphere for bilateral border negotiations that are underway between the two sides. She explained that the USA too would ensure that borders and global rules are respected and said: "Certainly, I think that the United States, by standing firm on its commitment towards the rules-based worldwide order and the importance of dialogue and dispute resolution, can signal its own strong preference for these kinds of mechanisms to de-escalate and to resolve differences". The daily also said that this is likely to trigger an all-out confrontation between the two countries along the Line of Actual Control.
The situation became tense when Chinese construction crews moved into the area Bhutan considers its territory at the beginning of June, and Bhutan called on India to resist them.