You are here: Home » Economy & Policy » News
Business Standard

Now, Chinese daily accuses US of trying to escalate Sikkim standoff

"The Americans may think they can copy their South China Sea trick. But what did the US get from the maritime disputes?

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China, flag

A Chinese daily today accused the and other countries of trying to escalate the Sino-standoff to replicate the "South Sea trick" and seek strategic benefits. "More than five weeks into the border standoff between and India, some countries other than the two directly involved are trying to step in," an op-ed article in the state-run said, directly mentioning the and The article titled 'Instigating Sino-confrontation won't benefit US' referred to commentaries in the media calling on to provide to support to "deter and counter" and rally the world against It also took exception to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's call for resolving the Doklam issue peacefully, saying "Bishop intends to blur the nature of the face-off and shows disguised support for " The article said "so far, the administration has paid little attention to the US-ties, and their divergences over issues like trade and immigration remain". "The Americans may think they can copy their South Sea trick.

But what did the get from the maritime disputes? Likewise, won't get any benefits from the escalation of the Sino-confrontation. won't give up safeguarding its territory because of interference," it said. The article said the seems to be everywhere when conflicts come up and it seldom takes an impartial posture to help address the problems. "There are certain forces in the West that are instigating a military clash between and India, from which they can seek strategic benefits at no cost to themselves. applied this scheme in the South Sea disputes," it said. claims nearly all of the strategically vital South Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Taiwan, also claim parts of the sea. While the is not a claimant, it has criticised what it has termed Chinese "militarisation" of the sea. The article also blamed the and the erstwhile Soviet Union for the 1962 war. "It's necessary to note that half a century ago behind the border war between and India, there were the invisible hands of the and the Soviet Union," it said. The article said "neither nor wants a war".

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 13:54 IST