The state run Chinese media has accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of lying in Parliament where she had, on Thursday, said, “We are saying that the matter can be resolved through talks, but both sides have to first take back their armies,” India Today reported. China further threatened military escalation saying, “China has already shown its tolerance and calmness to the largest extent…If New Delhi does not withdraw its troops, the last option for China is fighting against India and ending the conflict without diplomatic means.”
The editorial in Global Times rebutted Sushma’s remarks in Rajya Sabha stating two reasons while saying the Indian foreign minister was lying to parliamentarians. “Firstly, India invaded the territory of China and it is a fact that New Delhi’s adventures made the international community surprised that no country would support it. Secondly, India’s military power is far behind China, and once things go to a military solution, there is no doubt India will lose,” it added.
Commenting on Swaraj’s speech in the Parliament, China said that there has been a “fractional change” in India’s stand. “They started to claim that Donglong (Dokalam) is a trijunction and have presented the proposition of withdrawing the troops of both sides to feel out China’s response. It reflects that New Delhi has begun to be diffident, ” it stated. Warning India, it said, if India still holds on to their confrontational attitude, they should prepare for bearing the consequences of the escalation of the conflict, as per India Today
Rejecting Swaraj’s proposal that “both sides have to first take back their armies”, the editorial said China will never engage with what India calls ‘double withdrawal’ and added that the confrontation is in the territory of China, and India must unilaterally withdraw. It also claimed that the public opinion in China was supportive of strong action. “Not one inch of Chinese land can be lost, which is the desire of the Chinese people. The Chinese government will never allow China’s public sentiment to be violated and the PLA will never disappoint the Chinese people,” it said. The editorial also referred to 1962 and said India had made “a wrong assessment” then of “China’s determination to defend territory.” “We hope this time New Delhi does not repeat the same mistake,” it added.