Upping the rhetoric over the Doklam standoff, Chinese state-run media Global Times said in an article that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hardline stand is forcing China to start a war, something that would not be good for India. The Chinese daily said that Modi is gambling with the country’s future and the lives of its people, as a war would make China an easy winner. The article said that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) can easily and effectively destroy Indian troops at Doklam. In the last few days, the Chinese rhetoric has become increasingly noisier, with even its defense ministry issuing warnings to India. China wants Indian troops to turn back without any conditions, whereas India has clearly told China that no talks can be held until both sides decide to retreat from their respective positions.
Another thing to note is that China has always threatened India with war and consequences, but India has always maintained a measured approach, with the request to focus on talks. The article published in the Global Times says that China is far more superior to India and the outcome of the war between the two countries would be obvious. “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.” the article reads.