#SikkimStandoff: Chinese expert warns 'third country's' troops could enter Kashmir

10 Jul 2017 | By Abheet Sethi

A Chinese analyst argued in an article in the state-owned Global Times that a "third country's" army could enter Kashmir on Pakistan's request.

The analyst said he's using the "same logic" as the Indian Army while stopping the Chinese military from constructing a road in Doklam, near Sikkim, on Bhutan's behalf.

He said India's actions should be limited to Bhutanese territory, not disputed areas.

In context: Chinese media's belligerent anti-India rhetoric continues

05 Jul 2017#SikkimStandoff: Chinese daily says India must be taught 'bitter lesson'

On July 5, an editorial published in Global Times said India must be taught a 'bitter lesson'.

It warned India that war with China could cause 'greater losses than in 1962'.

The editorial was in reaction to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley's statement that the India of 2017 is different from the India of 1962.

It came amid the ongoing Sino-India border standoff near Sikkim.

Global Times linked to Chinese Communist Party

The Global Times is a tabloid affiliated to the Chinese Communist Party's mouthpiece People's Daily. It is known for its nationalistic views and often publishes anti-India articles and editorials.
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10 Jul 2017#SikkimStandoff: Chinese expert warns 'third country's' troops could enter Kashmir

What he saidIndia should stick to Bhutanese territory, not disputed areas

"Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan's territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not the disputed area," Long Xingchun, director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University said.

"Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir".

DetailsAnalyst suggests China should internationalize Sikkim standoff

Long repeated the Chinese government's stance that Doklam is part of its territory and that Indian troops entered it on the pretext of helping Bhutan defend its territory.

He said this is a sign of India's pursuit of regional hegemony.

He suggested that Beijing should internationalize the Sikkim standoff without worrying about western support for India given the West's important trade ties with China.

AnalysisChinese analyst gives one-sided view

Long and other Chinese scholars have accused India of interfering in Bhutan's "sovereignty and national interests."

Yet, Chinese troops themselves have trespassed into territory claimed by Bhutan, violating its "sovereignty and national interests."

In Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, which is claimed by India, China is already interfering by building roads and infrastructure projects, which runs counter to India's interests.