Seems like Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s warning of a “two-front war” with China and Pakistan has not gone down well with with the former. On Thursday, the Army Chief at a think tank in Delhi made a comment saying that China’s “flexing of muscles has started.”
Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Chinese government said, “Just two days ago, President Xi Jinping pointed out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries are each other’s development opportunities, not threats”.
“We don’t know whether he was authorised to speak those words or it was just his spontaneous words or whether his words represented the position of the Indian government,” he added.
An editorial written in The Global Times on Friday stated that Indian Army chief had such a ‘big mouth’ that he could escalate tension in the atmosphere between Beijing and New Delhi. It further claimed that Rawat not only turned a blind eye to the international rules but his comments also showed the arrogance that was probably prevalent in the Indian Army.
The editorial said, “Rawat’s remarks came just a little over a week after China and India ended their border standoff in the Doklam area. The Chinese and Indian leaders just met during the BRICS Xiamen Summit and sent positive signals about bilateral ties. While many people believe it is time to leave the episode of the border standoff behind, Rawat has sent the completely opposite message.”
“It seems that there are two Indias, one that is thriving and as one of the BRICS countries the same as China; and the other that keeps provoking and tangling with China. Should we embrace the first India or teach the second India a lesson?”, read the editorial.