Retired major general: India's provocation can't stop China's development


China Military Online
Zhang Tao


BEIJING, July 5 (ChinaMil) -- India and China have been locked in a stand-off for almost a month in Donglang(Doklam), traditional pasture for border inhabitants living in Yadong of China's Xizang(Tibet) Autonomous Region, now in what has been the longest such impasse between the two armies since 1962, and both of the armies have pushed more troops in a "non-combative mode," Indian Express reported on July 3, local time.


Indian Express also said the deadlock has become the most severe one since the China-Indian War in 1962. The last one, which carried on for 21 days, occurred at Daulat Beg Oldie in the Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir in 2013.


Retired Major General Zhu Heping, former vice president of the PLA Air Force Command College, said that the impasse in Donglang(Doklam) isn't the most serious one in the history, and India and China have a long history of border disputes.


Now various parties in India responded quite strongly mainly because China's overall strength has been largely fortified and its energy, traffic and infrastructure constructions have developed by leaps and bounds in south Xizang(Tibet). India fears such constructions, so it is actually India's provocation to China this time.


"India's trespass shows its stance to China. Actually it is a very small and narrow area where troops of a large scale cannot be fully deployed," he said.


"China is getting increasingly stronger. Especially after the Qinghai-Xizang Railway was put into operation, life and transportation in the border areas have been largely improved, putting potential pressure on India," said Zhu Heping.


China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at the regular press conference on July 3 that Donglang(Doklam) has always been part of China's territory and under its effective jurisdiction, and there is no disagreement on the fact that Donglang(Doklam) belongs to China.


To conceal its illegal trespass, the Indian side has tried to distort the facts and even at the cost of Bhutan's independence and sovereignty in a bid to confound the right with the wrong, yet what it did is futile.


Zhu added that there is no dispute over the China-Sikkim boundary. The Donglang(Doklam) region is a narrow area of strategic importance between India and East India. This region used to be peaceful mainly because Sikkim was an independent nation then and had no connection with India. Since the border is indisputable, India has no ground to trespass.


What's the outcome of the stand-off in Donglang(Doklam) between Indian and Chinese troops?


"Do you think a few military vehicles and soldiers on the border will stop China's development and its border construction? " responded Zhu Heping.


"The Chinese military is becoming stronger and stronger and leaving the Indian military farther behind. India's provocation won't affect the general situation or take any effect," Zhu stressed.

Disclaimer: This article was originally published by Global Times in Chinese version.

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