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China Will Resort to Military Action If India Doesn't Back Down: Chinese Experts

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| July 4 , 2017 , 18:59 IST

Responding to the Indo-China stand-off in the Sikkim sector, a Chinese expert has asserted that China might consider the use of military force if India doesn't back down.

The Chinese state-run media outlet Global Times has quoted a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Hu Zhiyong saying, "China is trying its best to use historical lessons to reason with India and show sincerity in peacefully solving the problem, but if India refuses to listen, then China would have no other choice than to use a military way of solving the problem."

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Hu claimed that India is provoking China to prove that it can contain its neighbour. However, given President Donald Trump's ruthless pragmatism, he still won't consider India an important ally.

Responding to the Indian Defence Minister's statement, 'India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962' Hu said, 'the gap between the militaries of China and India today is even bigger than in 1962, and I hope India can keep calm for its own good."

Another Beijing-based expert, Song Zhongping also assessed in the nationalist media outlet that although India always treats China as its biggest rival, China does not think so, as India lags far behind China.

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The stand-off between the two countries started as Indian troops disrupted the construction of a Chinese road in Doklam area of Sikkim (which China claims as theirs). In retaliation, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) destroyed bunkers of Indian Army.

As the stand-off between the two nations continues for its third week in the Doklam area, longest since 1962, more and more experts from both India and China are asserting war as a strong possibility if the situation is not resolved.