Sikkim standoff : ‘Main Schemer’, Ajit Doval visit won’t sway China: Chinese Media.

 

China’s state media struck two different notes with the China Daily hopeful of a peaceful resolution to the deadlock with India while the Global Times said the “main schemer’s” trip wouldn’t sway Beijing.

 

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.”

 

In an editorial titled “Doval visit won’t sway China over border standoff”, the Global Times said, “The BRICS National Security Advisers’ meeting is a routine conference held in preparation for the BRICS Summit.”

 

Doval is to visit China for a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on July 27-28. He is expected to discuss the standoff with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi 

 

The Global Times, part of the Communist Party’s publication group, said in its editorial that Beijing will not “talk” until Indian troops were withdrawn.

 

“New Delhi should give up its illusions, and Doval’s Beijing visit is most certainly not an opportunity to settle the standoff in accordance with India’s will,” it said. It added that India should not take lightly yesterday’s comments by the Chinese Defence ministry that New Delhi should not “harbour any illusions” and withdraw troops.

 

“As Doval is believed to be one of the main schemers behind the current border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops, the Indian media is pinning high hopes on the trip to settle the ongoing dispute,” it alleged.

Sikkim standoff ‘Main Schemer’, Ajit Doval visit won’t sway China Chinese Media
Image courtesy: Deccan Chronicle .National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

 

Ajit Kumar Doval, IPS (Retd),  is a former Indian intelligence and law enforcement officer and since 30 May 2014, is the 5th and current National Security Adviser to Prime Minister of India. He had previously served as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau in 2004–2005, after spending a decade as the head of its operations wing.

 

In June 2014, Doval played a crucial role in ensuring secure return of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in a hospital in Tikrit,Iraq. After the family members lost all contacts from these nurses, following the Capture of Mosul by ISIS. Doval, on a top secret mission flew to Iraq on 25 June 2014 to understand the position on the ground and make high-level contacts in the  Iraqi government.

 

Although, the exact circumstances of their release are unclear, on 5 July 2014, ISIS militants handed the nurses to authorities at Erbil city and two specially arranged planes by Indian Government brought them back home to Kochi  

 

Along with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Doval planned a military operation against Indian militants operating out of Myanmar. The mission was said to be a success with 50 militant casualties.

 

He is widely credited for the doctrinal shift in Indian security policy in relation to Pakistan, from ‘Defensive’ to ‘Defensive Offensive’. It is speculated that India’s surgical strikes in Pakistan in September 2016 were his brain child, which were extremely effective in neutralizing targets which were themselves targeting India.

 

“There are still hopes that the deadlock can be resolved peacefully, which serves both countries’ best interests,” the China Daily said.

 

“The two sides need to explore ways to avoid confrontation. It would be damaging to both countries and regional stability if India cannot use its reason and wisdom to avoid the military collision both countries are currently on course for,” it said.

“Indian media outlets are exploring “dignified” ways to pull back its troops. We believe that if India complies with international laws, then the withdrawal will display dignity. Beijing has no obligation to coordinate with New Delhi to withdraw its troops or suspend its road construction,” it added.

The editorial warned that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces are being deployed to the border area, and will take effective countermeasures if India refuses to pull back voluntarily.

It said that the PLA is capable enough to take actions that neither Indian troops nor the government can afford.

“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,” it said.

Indian and Chinese troops continue to be locked in a standoff in Doklam and both sides have moved additional troops, ammunition and military equipment to the area.The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has beefed up its defence in a region south of the Kunlun Mountains under the pretext of conducting a military exercise near Tibet.

Hardware has been moved simultaneously by road and rail by China’s western theatre command, which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet,and handles, among others, border issues with India, media reports have said.

This show of strength is being projected by Beijing as a warning to India by China to back off from its objection to China  constructing a road at the Doklam tri-junction.

“New Delhi should give up its illusions, and Doval’s Beijing visit is most certainly not an opportunity to settle the standoff in accordance with India’s will,” it said. It added that India should not take lightly yesterday’s comments by the Chinese Defence ministry that New Delhi should not “harbour any illusions” and withdraw troops.

The two editorials come a day after the Chinese Foreign Ministry hinted that a bilateral meeting between Ajit Doval and Yang Jiechi could happen on the sidelines of a BRICS NSAs’ meet.

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China. Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border. Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet.

On Monday, China hinted that a bilateral meeting between State Councillor Yang Jiechi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval could take place on the sidelines of a BRICS NSAs’ meet in Beijing this week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, during a briefing, left the door open for talks between Doval and Yang by saying that he cannot confirm it but in the past meetings of BRICS NSAs, the officials have held bilateral meetings.

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