Don't turn complex Indo-China ties into disputes: Jaishankar

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"As low-priced manufacturing is gradually moving away from China, it is now critical for India and even the world whether it can replace China as the next "world's factory", said the Global Times today.

His statement assumes significance in the backdrop of the ongoing standoff between India and China in Doklam near Sikkim. A nationalist tabloid, it said India "should be taught a bitter lesson" and warned that if the confrontation escalates, India will suffer "greater losses" than those of the 1962 war. India's Nehru, being a fervent Socialist, saw Mao's China as an ideological ally.

"China wants to bully Bhutan out of this place and now, when they see India not abandoning its position, they are using their state media to send out a threatening message. 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.", Xingchun mentions in the article. "But President Xi chaired the informal BRICS meeting during which Prime Minister Modi was also present", he said.

The commentary said that since the Indian soldiers "crossed" into Chinese territory and obstructed work on a road in Doklam in June, China had lodged a series of protests demanding that India immediately pull back its troops.

"The withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam remains a precondition for bilateral peace, and China will take all necessary measures to ensure its territorial integrity".

New Delhi and Beijing are locked in heated verbal exchanges over a slice of land near the narrow passage that connects India's northeast states with the rest of the country - a strategic link called the Siliguri Corridor but more commonly known as the "Chicken's Neck." The space for Tibetan separatists has been largely squeezed as more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama. In April, the Tibetan Buddhist leader visited the far northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, territory that China claims. Nearly 55 years later, and two Asian giants continue facing off each other along a three thousand kilometre-long contested mountainous border. But India may overestimate the influence of Tibetan exiles.

"In order to illegally install its troops on Chinese soil for as long as possible and achieve a fait accompli, India firstly claimed its border had been encroached by China". Indian media say each side has deployed several thousand.

Jaishankar's comments on the warm ties between New Delhi and Tokyo came five days after the Prime Ministers of the two countries - Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Jaishankar said that the "big debate" is about the opportunities and risks that emanate from this twin rise.

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