In the wake of an Army face-off and chill in ties with India over Dokalam stand-off, Chinese media on Friday said that military conflicts will escalate if New Delhi refuses to withdraw troops.
India must not concede any ground to China in the standoff in the Doklam area along the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China, experts say, as it is China's second nature to acquire the territories of its neighbouring states.
"Although the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday reiterated that differences between India and China should and would not be allowed to become disputes and added that communication the two governments have never ceased, nor have been broken". India has taken a strong stand against China's "unilateral action".
Ms Swaraj had said in Parliament on Thursday, "Their (China's) intention was to reach the tri-junction so that they can unilaterally end the status of the tri-junction". India moved troops into the disputed area to stop the Chinese incursion, resulting in a face-to-face standoff between the forces on both sides.
If the status quo is disturbed, as the Chinese sought to do and in the process ran up against the Indian forces, the Chinese Army can train long-range guns on the Siliguri Corridor and physically cut off the Northeast from the rest of India. "If New Delhi remains stubborn, India should get prepared for all possibilities from a potentially grave escalation of tension in the future", the daily warned.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday said China was trying to spread its influence but India was doing everything to protect its interests. It is true that at the instance of some global powers, India has embarked upon a policy of encirclement of China, considering it an enemy and military and economic rival.
The Pentagon has encouraged India and China to engage in a direct dialogue free of any "coercive aspects". In response to a question at a regular US State Department briefing this week, spokeswoman Heather Nauert made a pro forma call for "direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions". "China cherishes peace. But peace can not be achieved at the expense of China's lost territory, and 1.4 billion Chinese people will not accept that peace", it said. The Chinese version of the editorial apparently referred to her as "female foreign minister".
The Global Times urged India to "abandon the fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam", warning that otherwise China may opt to "resolve the conflict through non-diplomatic means". The situation in Doklam near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction was also discussed in the meeting.