Modi’s ‘hard line stance’ pushing India into war: Chinese daily

By Gaurav Sharma 

Beijing: By adopting a “hard line stance” towards China, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing his country into war and “gambling” with the destiny of its people, a Chinese daily said.

An editorial in the state-run Global Times said Modi should be aware of the “overwhelming” strength of the People’s Liberation Army which is capable of “annihilating” Indian troops in Doklam.

The tone of the Chinese government and its media have become shriller over the past few days, with its Defence Ministry telling India not to test its patience.

India’s response has been measured, always calling for dialogue to solve the crisis in Sikkim sector.

The editorial said India had challenged a country which was far more superior in strength.

“It is a war with an obvious result,” the editorial pronounced.

It said India’s recklessness had “shocked” the Chinese.

“The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be aware of the PLA’s overwhelming firepower and logistics. Indian border troops are no rival to PLA field forces. If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region.”

“The Modi government’s hard line stance is sustained by neither laws nor strength. This administration is recklessly breaking international norms and jeopardizing India’s national pride and peaceful development.”

“Its move is irresponsible to regional security and is gambling against India’s destiny and its people’s well-being. If the Modi government refuses to stop, it will push its country into a war that India has no power to control,” it went on.

The daily said India cannot bully China like other countries in South Asia.

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