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More sharp language from Chinese media on Sikkim standoff: Top stories now

India will be “kicked” out from the area of an ongoing military standoff with China and suffer “greater losses” than it did during the 1962 war, Chinese official media warned on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 12:32 IST
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In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, a Chinese soldier gestures as he stands near an Indian soldier on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.
In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, a Chinese soldier gestures as he stands near an Indian soldier on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. (AFP Photo)

Sikkim standoff: China media rhetoric turns shriller, says Indian troops will be kicked out of disputed area

India will be “kicked” out from the area of an ongoing military standoff with China and suffer “greater losses” than it did during the 1962 war, Chinese official media warned on Wednesday, adding that New Delhi needed to be taught a “bitter lesson” for trespassing across the border. The editorial in Global Times is the harshest yet by China’s state-controlled media since the face-off erupted early June in an area along the Sikkim border which China calls Donglang and is also known as Doklam plateau. “We firmly believe that the face-off in the Donglang area will end up with the Indian troops in retreat. The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity, or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers,” said Global Times, a tabloid affiliated to the Communist party mouthpiece People’s Daily. Read the story here.

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