The Party-run hawkish tabloid Global Times, known for its hardline views wrote that Doval is one of the main schemers behind Doklam standoff.
- Chinese editorial claims Doval is behind Doklam standoff.
- It claims that Doval’s visit would end in disappointment.
- The editorial came as Beijing kept up its tough rhetoric over the standoff.
An editorial in a Chinese newspaper on Tuesday described National Security Adviser Ajit Doval as a “main schemer” behind the ongoing standoff at Doklam, two days ahead of his visit to Beijing.
The Party-run hawkish tabloid Global Times, known for its hardline views, wrote “Doval is believed to be one of the main schemers behind the current border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops”, adding that “the Indian media is pinning high hopes on the trip to settle the ongoing dispute.”
The paper suggested this was not the case, and that “Doval will inevitably be disappointed if he attempts to bargain with Beijing over the border disputes.” The Global Times said that “Doval’s Beijing visit is most certainly not an opportunity to settle the standoff in accordance with India’s will.” The NSA will be in Beijing on July 27 and 28 for a BRICS national security advisers meeting.
The editorial came as Beijing kept up its tough rhetoric over the standoff, and a day after the People’s Liberation Army issued its strongest statement yet on Doklam, telling India to “not harbour any illusions”.
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry kept the door open for a bilateral meeting between Doval and his counterpart Yang Jiechi, saying that in the past, BRICS NSA’s summits had usually made arrangements for heads of delegations to exchange views. At the same time, the ministry indicated China did not see any “meaningful dialogue” on Doklam possible unless India first withdrew.
WILL INDIA WITHDRAW?
The Global Times said that “India’s withdrawal from Chinese territory is a precondition and a basis for any meaningful dialogue between the two sides.” It said Beijing “has no obligation to coordinate with New Delhi to withdraw its troops or suspend its road construction”, ruling out a simultaneous withdrawal.
“The Chinese side will not talk with India on the issue before the Indian troops’ unconditional withdrawal from Chinese territory. New Delhi should give up its illusions,” it said, adding that “the BRICS National Security Advisers’ meeting is a routine conference held in preparation for the BRICS summit, and is not a platform to address Sino-Indian border skirmishes.”
Repeating similar warnings that have been issued in recent days and referencing the 1962 war, the editorial said that the PLA “will take effective countermeasures if India refuses to pull back voluntarily”.
“The PLA is capable enough to take actions that neither Indian troops nor the government can afford,” it continued. “We don’t believe India is willing and determined to have an all-out military showdown with China. If it chooses this path, Beijing will fight to the end to safeguard its territory and resist being deterred or hijacked by any force. New Delhi will have to pay a heavy price.”
The paper said that “India’s voluntary withdrawal will incur the least cost to it. If Beijing takes countermeasures, New Delhi will be mired in a more passive political and military situation, and face its most serious strategic setback since 1962,” the editorial said.