Avanth Krishnan from Beijing
25 January 2018
China's People's Liberation Army's (PLA) fresh threat to India is another indication that China does not believe in peace and tranquility even with its peace-loving neighbours who have no record of encroaching and gulping up another nation's land. While on the one hand China is pushing its products into the Indian market, on the other it it constantly hanging a sword on India. In this backdrop of constant threat of Chinese expansionism, the landmark presence of ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as Chief Guests on India’s Republic day is New Delhi’s calculated response to the shifting geo-political, geo-strategic and geo-economic landscape. By inviting ASEAN leaders on Republic Day, India has reiterated its intent in making ASEAN the core of Asia’s drive towards peace and prosperity. Isaac Gomes, Asso. Editor, Church Citizens' Voice.
China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday delivered a strong message to India, saying Delhi should “draw lessons” from the Doklam stand-off or “similar incidents could repeat”.
The comments from PLA spokesperson and senior colonel Wu Qian came in response to questions from Chinese media at the monthly press briefing of the Defence Ministry in Beijing.
Asked about Indian Army Chief General Rawat’s recent comments on Chinese deployments in the area, Senior Colonel Wu said the (Indian) army chief had made several remarks on Doklam.
A cyclist rides past an Asean-India Commemorative Summit billboard, New Delhi, India, January 23, 2018 (REUTERS)
“We hope the Indian side can draw lessons to avoid similar incidents repeating in the future,” he said, reiterating China’s view that India had “illegally trespassed”.