Chinese media speaks in different voices about India’s military strength

Chinese Media

HIGHLIGHTS

  • China’s official media spoke in two voices about India’s military capabilities on Monday.
  • Other experts expressed concern about the growing India-US military ties and said it has put China at risk

BEIJING: China’s official media spoke in two voices about India’s military capabilities on Monday in the light of the ongoing border standoff. Some commentators questioned India’s ability to handle two scenarios, which is the firing at the Line of Control and the standoff at the border with China. Other commentators expressed concern about the growing India-US military ties and said it has put China at risk.

Pointing to the firing at the LOC between India and Pakistan, Lin Minwang, a strategic expert at the Institute for International Studies at Fudan University, said, “China has nothing to do with the situation in Kashmir, but it would be unwise for India to engage in two conflicts at the same time”.

Beijing-based Global times quoted Lin saying, “there are frequent conflicts and military scuffles between the areas of Kashmir controlled by the two sides.” The paper said in the article, that “aside from the border spat with China, India is embroiled with Pakistan over an exchange of fire at the Kashmir border.”

In another commentary, China Daily said that the ongoing Malabar naval exercises between India, the US, and Japan is a matter of security concern for China. This view is in contrast to the views expressed by the Chinese foreign ministry, which said on Friday that Beijing has no objection to normal bilateral relations between different countries as long as it is not directed at any third country.

“India, the United States and Japan have begun their 10-day Malabar naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal, which is the biggest of their kind so far, and the US approved a $365-million sale of military transport aircraft to India last week and a $2-billion deal for surveillance drones is in the works, it is China that should feel ‘security concerns’, given the importance of the Indian Ocean for its trade and oil imports,” China Daily said in an editorial.

The paper carried one more commentary saying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed to convince the US that it is a key defence partner and can act as a counterweight to China. “In return, US President Donald Trump approved the sale of 22 Predator Guardian drones to India, a ‘luxury’ available only to the US NATO allies.”

“It is becoming clear that India is ready to serve as an ally of the US rather than a swing power that honours independent, non-aligned diplomacy,” the commentary said adding, “Beijing should remain vigilant against New Delhi’s moves while urging it to withdraw its troops from Chinese territory,” referring to the on-going Doklam stand-off.

Source: Times Of India

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