Chinese state media warns India: ‘Back off border dispute’ — Chinese media full of threats aimed at India

Peace and Freedom

Shailaja Neelakantan| TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Jul 6, 2017, 11.31 AM IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are people in Sikkim ‘that cherish its history as a separate state’, Chinese media said
  • It implied China could fuel ‘pro-independence appeals’ in Sikkim
  • Such a move, it believed, would end ‘New Delhi’s regional hegemony”

An Indian and a Chinese soldier at Nathu La

An Indian and a Chinese soldier at Nathu La
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NEW DELHI: Chinese state media warned a “bullying” New Delhi that if it doesn’t back down in the latest border dispute, Beijing may well begin supporting “pro-independence appeals in Sikkim“.

Supporting Sikkim’s “independence”+ will “be a powerful card to deal with New Delhi”, said an editorial in the hardline Global Times, which is run by the Communist Party of China’s People’s Daily newspaper.

In fact, the editorial strongly advocated that “Beijing should reconsider its stance over the Sikkim issue”. That’s because it believed India “has to pay for its provocations” and because…

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