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Wang also tacitly referred to defence minister Arun Jaitley's recent remarks that circumstances had changed since India's defeat in 1962. "In 1962, China fought a war with India after the latter encroached on Chinese territory, resulting in the deaths of 722 Chinese troops and 4,383 Indian soldiers", the daily said.

Adopting a shriller tone in demanding the pullback of Indian forces, from the Doklam area, where there has been a military standoff, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused New Delhi of virtually manipulating Bhutan to "distort facts", and engineering a "cover-up" for the "illegal entry" of its forces in its territory.

China has released a map to back its claim that Indian troops "transgressed" into the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector, which it asserts is part of its territory. "The action taken by India is a betrayal of the position taken by the Indian government in the 1890 treaty." said Geng Shuang.

"And even at the expense of the Bhutan's independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right with wrong, which is futile". "Concerns over a rising China have, to some extent, spiralled into a kind of strategic anxiety regarding the country among some Indian politicians".

Hu claimed that India is provoking China to prove that it can contain its neighbour.

India and China engaged in a serious war of words on Monday with both sides accusing the other of territorial intrusions.

The map shows Doklam as part of Chinese territory. He, however, said the line for diplomatic communication between India and China is "open and smooth".

Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, gave out a statement on Sunday saying that "It is well known that the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary has been demarcated by the 1890 Sino-British treaty". As the standoff at the Doklam area continued for the third week, the longest between the two countries, the official media and the think-tanks here said that "war is possible if the conflict between India and China is not handled properly". India deployed additional troops after the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) destroyed two Indian Army bunkers and alleged "aggressive tactics" adopted by the Chinese Army.

India is now raising an 80,000-strong mountain strike corps and carrying out a massive infrastructure building plan along its almost 3,500-kilometer border with China.

China has responded by expanding its longstanding partnership with India's arch-enemy, Pakistan.

Amid tensions with China along the Sikkim border, India will be hosting deputy PM Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam, a country with which Beijing's ties have been bumpy for centuries.

"This is different from frictions and confrontations between the two sides at undefined boundary, " Geng said. The stretch is contested by both Bhutan and China, and strategically located very close to Sikkim.

As India and China continue their stand-off, India Today reports on how a Chinese strategic expert; Liu Zongyi, a senior fellow of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies believed Delhi was emboldened to tackle China following the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and US President Trump.

Ostensibly, relations between India and China remain unaffected and the air can be cleared with bilateral dialogue, important to end any mutual distrust regarding an already settled issue.


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