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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 

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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 India."

The article said "so far, the administration has paid little attention to the US-India ties, and their divergences over issues like trade and immigration remain".

"The Americans may think they can copy their South China Sea trick. But what did the US get from the maritime disputes? Likewise, won't get any benefits from the escalation of the Sino-India confrontation. China won't give up safeguarding its territory because of US interference," it said.

The article said the US 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 China and India, from which they can seek strategic benefits at no cost to themselves. applied this scheme in the South China Sea disputes," it said.

China claims nearly all of the strategically vital South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Taiwan, also claim parts of the sea.

While the US is not a claimant, it has criticised what it has termed Chinese "militarisation" of the sea.

The article also blamed the US and the erstwhile Soviet Union for the 1962

"It's necessary to note that half a century ago behind the border war between China and India, there were the invisible hands of the US and the Soviet Union," it said.

The article said "neither China nor India wants a war".

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