The Chinese state media on Thursday warned India that if it doesn’t back down from the current stand-off in India-China-Bhutan tri-junction than Beijing may well begin supporting “pro-independence appeals in Sikkim”.
An editorial published in a Communist Party’s daily Global Times has suggested that Beijing should rally the world for the abolition of unfair treaties on sovereignty and defense that New Delhi has allegedly forced Bhutan to sign.
“Although China recognized India’s annexation of Sikkim in 2003, it can readjust its stance on the matter. There are those in Sikkim that cherish its history as a separate state, and they are sensitive to how the outside world views the Sikkim issue,” said Global Times.
Accusing India of severely jeopardizing Bhutan’s diplomatic strategy, the paper said, “Unfair treaties between India and Bhutan that severely violate the will of the Bhutanese people should be abolished. China needs to put more efforts into establishing diplomatic ties with Bhutan at an earlier date as well.” The two countries do not have embassies in each others’ capitals.
The daily further adds, “With certain conditions, Bhutan and Sikkim will see strong anti-India movements, which will negatively affect India’s already turbulent northeast area and rewrite southern Himalayan geopolitics.”
These measures will help China to end “New Delhi’s regional hegemony” which “is swelling to a tipping point”.
The state controlled media launched an offensive against India as a new measure to force India to back down in the latest border dispute at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction. The Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a standoff near the Sikkim’s border with China after India objected to China’s attempt to build a road to the disputed Doklam (also known as Donglang) plateau.