China issued a threat to India via media, as it generally does, even as the bilateral talks were on in a third country. Communist Party of China mouthpiece Global Times published an editorial referring to India, saying if the Indian Army did not withdraw from the southern part of Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh, the Chinese army would stay put in the forward posts throughout the winter. If there were to be a war between the two countries, the Indian Army would soon lay down its arms, the mouthpiece said.
India, according to the mouthpiece, “is holding a grudge for its failure in the 1962 war”.
The Chinese media house that takes dictations from Beijing comment did not stop at that. It said further that the Indian military system was weak. Many Indian soldiers would die in the cold or of COVID, it assumed.
If India wants peace, both countries have to accept the position of Line of Actual Control (LoAC) as of 7 November 1959, Global Times asserted. “If India wants war, China will oblige. Let’s see which country can outlast the other,” it said, where “we” referred to the communist government of China. Let’s see which country can beat the other, the mouthpiece postured.
The Global Times wrote, “China used to care too much about India’s dignity. Such dignity has eventually been taken advantage by Indian nationalist forces. They have forgotten who they are. This time, everything should be put on the table.”
“Our Tibet Military Command is taking the help of drones to support the PLA in view of tensions from India.” This proves that the PLA is ready for any challenge. “
Rahul Gandhi sides with China
Indian National Congress’s former president Rahul Gandhi chose the inopportune moment, meanwhile, to tweet, “The Chinese have taken our land. When exactly is GOI planning to get it back? Or is that also going to be left to an ‘Act of God’?” With the phrase in single quotes, Gandhi took a dig at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s reference to the global COVID pandemic too.
India and China agreed on a five-point plan to resolve the border dispute. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Moscow last evening. It states that the current situation in the border areas is not in anyone’s interest. The jawans of both countries should continue to hold fast disengagement (removal of troops from disputed areas).