- Two days ago, ‘Washington Examiner’ carried a column titled “Trump must support India against China”
- That did not make the Chinese Communist Party-run Global Times happy
- “The US seems to be everywhere when conflicts come up”, it said.
NEW DELHI: Miffed at a US article supporting India, China’s state-backed media has accused Washington of trying to instigate a military clash between India and China.
Two days ago, ‘Washington Examiner’ carried a column titled “Trump must support India against China” in the Doklam border standoff. The reason? “India-US relations offer special value in our shared ability to deter and counter growing Chinese aggression,” said the column in the American publication.
That did not make the Chinese Communist Party-run Global Times happy.
“The US seems to be everywhere when conflicts come up and it seldom takes an impartial posture to help address the problems,” said a Global Times piece in its ‘Observer’ section on Wednesday.
Global Times cited the Examiner piece, claimed it “unsurprisingly hyped the China threat and extolled the US-Indian relationship” and then extrapolated that this “partiality” represented Washington’s stance as well.
“…partiality is likely to lead to war,” the Chinese publication said.
Global Times then said this purported US position supporting India mirrors the stance Washington took in the South China Sea issue.
“There are certain forces in the West that are instigating a military clash between China and India, from which they can seek strategic benefits at no cost to themselves. Washington applied this scheme in the South China Sea disputes,” said the Chinese publication.
Even as it accused Washington of being partial to New Delhi, it also claimed that Washington is “paying little attention” to it.
“So far, the Donald Trump administration has paid little attention to US-Indian ties, and their divergences over issues like trade and immigration remain,” said the Global Times piece.
It added that “it’s necessary to note” that the 1962 India-China war had behind it “the invisible hands” of the US and the erstwhile Soviet Union.