China will defend territory even at the cost of war with India, says Chinese daily

By India Today | July 3, 2017

The paper quoted a Chinese expert Wang Dehua, professor at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies.

Ananth Krishnan | Posted by Isha Gupta
Beijing, July 3, 2017 | UPDATED 14:10 IST

 

China would “resolutely safeguard” its border in conflicts with India “even at the cost of war”, a hawkish Chinese newspaper said on Monday quoting Chinese strategic experts.

“China will resolutely safeguard its border sovereignty in conflicts with Indian troops even at the cost of war,” the Global Times said, which is Party-run and published by the People’s Daily, and known to reflect hardline views.

On Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks to India Today that India is different from 1962, the paper quoted a Chinese expert Wang Dehua, professor at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, as saying: “China is also different from what it was in 1962.”

“There could be a chance of war if the recent conflict between China and India is not handled properly”, the paper quoted observers as saying, adding that “China will resolutely defend its territory and safeguard the border.”

At the same time, the paper called for dialogue. “Both sides should focus on development rather than conflict or war,” said scholar Zhao Gancheng, “adding that a conflict between the two may give other countries a chance to take advantage, for example, the US.”

“India should change its hostile attitude toward China”, said Wang, “as a good relationship is beneficial for both sides.”

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