The state-run Chinese media on Monday said that India’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval will be disappointed if he makes attempts to bargain with China over the ongoing standoff between the militaries of the two countries in Doklam, during his upcoming visit to Beijing.
Reiterating Chinese demand for unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam, an editorial in Global Times said that people of China are firm on not losing even one inch of Chinese territory.
“Doval will inevitably be disappointed if he attempts to bargain with Beijing over the border disputes. India's unconditional withdrawal is China's bottom line. The Chinese government's strong determination requesting Indian troop's withdrawal is backed by all Chinese people who are firm that we can't lose one inch of Chinese territory,” the editorial said.
Ajit Doval will be in Beijing on July 27-28 to attend the meeting of the NSAs fromthe member countries.
“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,” it added.
Calling Ajit Doval "one of the main schemers" behind the current border standoff between Indian and Chinese troops, the editorial said that the Indian media is not realistic in expecting him to settle the ongoing dispute during his visit.
Making it clear that Beijing will not talk to India on the border standoff until India completely withdraws its troops from the Chinese territory, the editorial added that Ajit Doval's Beijing visit is not an opportunity to settle the border standoff in accordance with India's will.
“The Chinese side will not talk with India on the issue before the Indian troops' unconditional withdrawal from Chinese territory. 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 added.
Advising India to voluntary withdraw its troops from Doklam, the editorial warned that if Beijing takes countermeasures, India will suffer the most serious strategic setback since 1962.
“India's voluntary withdrawal will incur the least cost to it. If Beijing takes countermeasures, New Delhi will be mired in a more passive political and military situation, and face its most serious strategic setback since 1962,” the editorial said.
Taking the high moral ground on the Doklam standoff, the editorial said that Justice was on China’s side. It also reminded India of the huge gaps between the GDPs and the defence expenditure of the two countries.
“China's GDP is five times and its defence budget four times that of India's, but this is not the only source of our strength. Justice is on China's side, and Beijing is righteous and resolute to require New Delhi to unconditionally withdraw its troops,” the editorial said.