Chinese media calls India a bully, says it controls Bhutan, Nepal

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Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said. Chunying said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops always patrol along the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). While the Union defence ministry and army sources refused to comment, this newspaper has learnt that troop mobilisation has slowed down considerably in a bid to de-escalate the tense situation.

In fact, the Chinese troops earlier used to frequent the northern and southern banks of the lake, whose 90 km stretch lies on the Chinese side and 45 km on the Indian side.

According to officials, soldiers from both the side have suffered minor injuries due to the stone pelting.

A Chinese state-run daily, Global Times, in an editorial said, "India behaving like a bully, which has taken the sovereign state of Sikkim into its territory and with so-called protection of Bhutan, limiting its sovereignty".

The Sikkim section of the China-India boundary was defined under an 1890 agreement between Britain and China, and the June border crossing was an attempt to prevent Chinese road construction within Doklam territory. "However, Indians should also reflect on what they have done and feel shame for their actions". Such meetings are held on Republic Day, Independence Day and PLA Day.

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When the Indian side staked claim to the area during negotiations in late 1990s, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, which is under the latter's control, officials said.

Both nations have been facing a continuous stand-off at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction in Doklam.

Chinese companies have become nearly a backbone to India's massive requirements in the manufacturing of electronics, especially when a large part of the critical components and finished goods are imported. The 3,488 km long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in the Sikkim sector.

The United States has said that it wants India and China to sit down and have a direct dialogue to resolve their issues.

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