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Adding to the series of provocative statements made by Chinese media, a Chinese daily in an editorial claimed that the 'countdown to a clash' between Indian and Chinese troops has begun.
The report said, "India will only have itself to blame" if it didn't withdraw from Doklam region on the Sikkim border where its troops are locked in a stand-off with the Chinese army since mid-June.
"The countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun, and the clock is ticking away the time to what seems to be an inevitable conclusion," said the report.
"Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear will have got the message. Yet New Delhi refuses to come to its senses and pull its troops back to its own side of the border," it continued.
"As the standoff enters its seventh week, the window for a peaceful solution is closing," it said.
The military standoff at the Sikkim border in the contested Doklam plateau continues and neither side shows any sign of withdrawal as China insists on withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam claiming it to be Chinese territory while India maintains their troops are on ally Bhutan's lands.