As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to attend the five-nation BRICS Summit in China next week, Chinese media appears to have gone soft on India for the time being. For over two months since the start of the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Doklam region of Sikkim sector, Chinese media, which acts as the propaganda machinery of Beijing, had launched unprecedented verbal attacks on India, sometimes even threatening of war.
China’s Global Times acknowledged its hawkishness during the standoff in an editorial today. “This newspaper hit hard at India during the faceoff, but now we don’t want to engage in an argument with the Indian media as to which side won this standoff. We just want to say that the two countries can end this crisis without having to resort to war, which is a victory for Asia,” it said. Interestingly, the same Chinese daily had in an editorial last month warned India that China’s military was capable of “annihilating” India’s entire Army.
Ever since the end of Doklam standoff, Chinese media have surprised many by not overplaying either Beijing’s victory or India’s loss, as they had hoped earlier, in Doklam. Global Times has in fact given a positive and welcome twist to the developments in Doklam, terming it as a “victory for Asia”. “But this is perhaps the maturity of the Asian continent. US and Japanese strategists have wanted to see a long-term confrontation between China and India. While such a scenario was about to come, it eventually did not.”
Global Times also criticised those in China “not satisfied” with the peaceful end of Doklam standoff and urged both countries to “pay more attention to avoid any misjudgments that may lead to a new crisis.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend BRICS Summit in China next month. “At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during September 3-5, 2017, to attend the 9th BRICS Summit,” India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Last BRICS Summit was held in Goa.