Remember 1962 defeat: Chinese media warns India again amid Sikkim standoff

China has accused Indian troops of transgressing into its territory; stand-off started on June 16

ITBP troops

Today’s Paper : While we don’t know what the Chinese soldiers are up to at the Sikkim border, Chinese state media has found a new, actually old, stick to beat India with — the 1962 Sino-Indian war.

Paraphrasing pieces and editorials run by the People’s Daily, Xinhua, and Global Times, the message to India is clear: Remember your defeat in 1962 and accept China’s position in the current stand-off at the Sikkim border.

The latest attempt to browbeat India through ‘editorial warfare’ saw the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, post a picture of a Chinese editorial, titled ‘If this can be tolerated, what cannot?’, from September 22, 1962 — just short of a month before the 1962 war started.

We couldn’t access a direct English translation of the editorial. However, the essence of the editorial was that the “Chinese people would not tolerate the provocation by the Indian Army”, according to a People’s Daily Online article titled ‘People’s Daily to India: Borderline is bottom line’. Back then, the editorial had warned of serious consequences for India if the conflict lingered. Further, it had accused Indian troops of encroaching on Beijing’s territory.

“The Indian military’s trespass into Chinese territory is a blatant infringement on China’s sovereignty, which should be immediately and unconditionally rectified,” it said, noting that ever since Indian soldiers “crossed into Chinese territory” and “obstructed work on a road” in the Dokalam area in June, China has lodged a series of protests demanding India pull back its troops immediately.

“India should rectify its mistakes and show sincerity to avoid an even more serious situation creating more significant consequences,” the piece said. |readmore…

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