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The standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at the Sikkim border sees no signs of dissipation and while China has continually threatened military escalation if Indian troops do not withdraw from the disputed Doklam area, a Chinese daily has given a time frame to China's threats as it reported that China will undertake a military operation within two weeks.
According to a recent article published in Global Times which is run by the Communist Party of China, the country is planning a “small-scale military operation” to “expel” Indian troops from the Doklam area “within two weeks".
“China will not allow the military standoff between China and India in Doklam to last for too long, and there may be a small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks, Chinese experts said after six ministries and institutions made remarks on the incident within the past 24 hours,” the article said.
A Chinese expert quoted in the article stated that “The Chinese side will inform the Indian Foreign Ministry before its operation,” and that India will have to “bear all the consequences".
“India, which has stirred up the incident, should bear all the consequences. And no matter how the standoff ends, Sino-Indian ties have been severely damaged and strategic distrust will linger,” the expert was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, as per a top Indian diplomat, war is not an option.
“We have already said that war is not an option, and diplomatic channels are being used to defuse the situation. I think we will stick to that position, and not respond to such provocative articles in the Chinese media,” a top Indian diplomat said.
An editorial published in the Global Times claimed that the Chinese PLA has “sufficient preparation for military confrontation” and that it would be “a war with an obvious result.”
“The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be aware of the PLA’s overwhelming firepower and logistics. Indian border troops are no rival to PLA field forces. If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region,” said the editorial.
The dispute at the Doklam plateau which marks the tri-junction border between China, Bhutan and India began in mid-June when India protested against China's road building exercises in the area followed by China's allegations that Indian troops had trespassed into their land. India maintained that their troops were on the land of ally Bhutan.