Adding another angle to its anti-India rhetoric, Chinese state publication Global Times has now called the Chinese companies to wait and see before making a decision to invest in India.
An editorial in the publication warns Chinese companies that “violent attacks against Chinese personnel and companies may happen in India if the two countries see even small-scale military tension at the border.”
Drawing a Vietnam parallel where, according to the article, anti-China riots in 2014 due to Vietnam-China tension on South China Sea claims left many Chinese dead and over 100 injured, it says that though India is a potential market, the would-be investors from China should perhaps take a wait-and-see approach and then in a judgemental tone, goes on to say that due to this prevailing scenario, “new investment from China into India is likely to be reduced.”
The editorial warns that that Indian nationalism may push an anti-China sentiment in the same way in India as in Vietnam with the escalating border tension and it may be further fuelled by ethnic and religious factors and the “Chinese firms doing business in India, especially those in the retail and consumer electronics industries, need to take precautions against possible boycotts and should strive to ensure the personal safety of Chinese workers if there is an escalation in tensions between the two countries.”
The border standoff between China and India near the Bhutan tri-junction in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector is now in its 20th day and both sides are maintaining their tough stands.
China has already ratcheted up its anti-India rhetoric, infusing it with war threats, saying it is now up to India to deescalate the border tension and withdraw its troops from an area that it claims as its own, as Chinese Ambassador to India Lau Zhaohui reiterated in an interview yesterday while India maintains that the India-China border in the area is still not fully demarcated, and Beijing, in fact, in 2012 agreed that any solution can be reached at only after consultation among all parties including Bhutan.
Doklam that China considers a part of its Donglang region has been a long running territorial dispute between Bhutan and China and Bhutan even issued a demarche to China on construction of road in the area by the PLA. Indian troops entered the area to prevent the road construction with India informing China that it was against the agreement of maintaining the status quo in the area as agreed in the past.
But an autocratic and expansionist China refused to budge, and in fact, has unleashed an intense propaganda war against India aimed to dislodge the legally valid Indian claims and has employed every possible propaganda tool in its arsenal, be it the high pitched ‘war possibility’ threat or arrogant responses delivered by its higher level officials including daily briefings of its foreign ministry or indiscriminate verbal firing rounds by its official publications like Global Times of Xinhua.