The Chinese Communist Party-run Global Times has claimed that the current standoff is draining India’s domestic resources and army’s energy. India’s priority should be to control and avoid the further spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, the newspaper said in an article published on Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, though talks between New Delhi and Beijing have yet to make headway to end a border standoff, the Indian military wants to end the strife as early as possible as extreme geographical and natural conditions make soldiers suffer horrible weather.
“For the Modi administration, disputes between the government and the people over domestic issues, including the farm bills and land distribution, are the most important matters to address. In this context, India’s key interests should focus on domestic affairs rather than inflaming border tensions,” claims the article.
However, an annual report of India’s defence ministry said the “unilateral and provocative” actions by the Chinese military to change the status quo by force in more than one area on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) were responded to in a “firm” and “non-escalatory way.”
The report said Indian troops are well entrenched to counter any “misadventure” by Chinese forces and that the Indian Army is prepared for any eventuality, adding talks are also progressing to resolve the issue in an amicable manner.
The Global Times article, written by Qian Feng, director of the research department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, predicts that China-India relations will stay at a comparatively low level for a long period of time in 2021. It acknowledges India’s constant assertiveness and says that it is not conducive to solving the border issue.
“India is now more outwardly strong but inwardly weak. It demonstrates ambitions to become a world power without support of mature policies. Under the current international order, it is more important for China and India to work toward a peaceful settlement of their frictions. However, it will be difficult for the bilateral ties to recover in short-term before the latest border standoff is fully addressed,” concludes the article.