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India should heed lessons from history: experts

(People's Daily Online)    16:31, August 10, 2017

Chinese experts on Thursday slammed Indian defense minister’s “irresponsible remarks,” noting that India should heed lessons from history in a correct way and should stop its trespassing into China’s territory.

According to The Times of India, India’s Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said on Aug. 9 that India had “learnt a lesson” from the 1962 war with China, adding that the Indian armed forces are strong enough to meet any “challenge to the country’s security.” Jaitley’s remarks were made amid escalating tensions between China and India, as the latter has illegally stayed in China’s territory for almost two months, with no signs of withdrawing so far.

This is not the first time that Indian officials have implied to use armed forced to settle the two nation’s recent conflicts. According to the Indian media’s report, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Jun. 8 that India is prepared for a “two and a half front war” against China, Pakistan, and its internal security threats.

In response to the remarks, Zhou Gang, a former Chinese ambassador to India, told People’s Daily Online that India has clearly not learnt any valuable lessons from history, criticizing Indian authorities for infusing its public with distorted information.

“Indian authorities could have done a lot to improve the two nations’ relationships, but instead, it sees China as an obstacle hindering its access to becoming the dominant power of South Asia, which is a typical Cold War mentality,” said Zhou.

Guan Peifeng, an associate professor from the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies at Wuhan University, said India’s trespassing into Chinese territory is groundless and illegal, noting that the country has been holding hegemonic and colonial attitudes to deal with border disputes with other nations since it gained its independence.

“By claiming UK’s special privileges and legacies in the disputed areas, India has annexed Sikkim, as well as stirred up disputes in Tibet. It has also used its power to influence Bhutan, disrespecting its sovereignty. [History] has shown that the recent standoff is merely another show of India’s expansionism,” said Guan.

According to the experts, India’s bluffing will not change the fact that it has disrupted international orders and jeopardized regional stability, while its illegal trespassing will not be tolerated by China and its people.

As of Aug.7, there were still 53 Indian soldiers and a bulldozer illegally in Chinese territory, news portal haiwainet.cn reported on Aug 9.

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