SIKKIM: China responded to Indian threats with a stern warning, Learn from 1962 defeat and stop clamouring for war.
According to the spokesperson of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), Beijing has reacted sharply to Indian Army chief’s recent statement in which he said that India was ready to take on China, Pakistan and internal security threats.
“Such rhetoric is extremely irresponsible. We hope (the) particular person in the Indian Army could learn from historical lessons and stop such clamouring for war,” said Wu Qiao, PLA spokesperson at a defense ministry briefing.
Qiao further said that Indian border troops had entered the Sikkim sector of the India-China borders and had tried to disrupt the normal activities of the Chinese troops.
“We carried out appropriate responses to halt these activities to safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
He said that China had made it clear to India to withdraw its troops from the sector and correct its wrongdoing.
“We urged the Indian side to withdraw troops… This is the precondition for the settlement of the incident and also the basis for us to conduct a meaningful dialogue,” foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.
China blocked the entry of Indian pilgrims into Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet from the Nathu La pass on Tuesday, accusing Indian soldiers of crossing over into the Sikkim sector.
Upping the ante as Indian and Chinese troops face off over road construction on the borders of a plateau in Bhutan which China claims, Beijing Thursday said withdrawal of Indian troops from the Doklam plateau was a prerequisite for any dialogue between the two countries, and to prevent any escalation.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also warned Army chief General Bipin Rawat to “stop clamouring for war”, dismissing as “extremely irresponsible” his recent remarks that India was ready for a “two-and-a-half front war”.