India has to pay for its provocations, says a Global Times editorial
referring to the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doka La region at the Sikkim
border. The Global Times
is an English-language Chinese newspaper under the People's Daily
, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.
Accusing India of harbouring ambitions of regional "hegemony", the editorial calls upon the Chinese state to "lead the international community in restoring Bhutan's diplomatic and defence sovereignty".
Further, its prescription for chastising India is that Beijing should "reconsider its stance over the Sikkim
issue". While China had recognised Sikkim
as a part of India before, the editorial goes as far as calling upon Chinese society to support Sikkim's "independence".
The editorial was published on the same day that China, upping the ante on the Sikkim
standoff, accused India of "trampling" on the Panchsheel principles and asked New Delhi to "correct its mistakes" as soon as possible by pulling back troops.
India, for its part, has expressed deep concern over China constructing a road in the disputed Doka La area near Sikkim
and has conveyed to Beijing that such an action would represent a significant change of status quo with "serious" security implications for India.
Here is the full text of the editorial: