An article that purportedly reports on anti-Chinese sentiment at grass roots level in India, choosing to label it as ‘rightist’ Begins by criticising their venting spleen against Chinese policy stances (blocking namimng of Masood Azhar in the UN), or actions (aggressiveness at the border, leading to a stand-off). Including different civil society and other non-government organisations in India calling for a boycott, or burning, of Chinese goods from time to time in particular.
Actually, however, these reports are utilised to reiterate the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson’s (indirect) refutation of Foreign Secretary Jaishankar’s recent remark calling for a mature handling of differences, as in the past, for the attendant assertin that Sino-Indian boundary had not been demartcated.. That is followed up with some quotes from former NSA, Shivshankar Menon’s recent remarks, without criticism, noting especially his observation that the statements of the Chinese Minstry of Foreign Affairs must be taken seriously (albeit quite out of context, in a bid to buttress the Chinese offical line). Excerpts:
…….On the 11th, India’s Foreign Secretary, S. Jaishankar, speaking for the first time since the recent India-China confrontation, said that India-China relations are too closely intertwined to allow border differences to lead to permanent damage. This is considered to be an effort to cool down tension between the two countries. However, he said, “the two sides have a long border, which is not actually delineated,” while the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, again stressed on the 12th that the origin of the boundary in the Sikkim sector has a special historical background, being the only one in the Sino-Indian border to have been demarcated. It is completely different from the East, Middle and Western sector boundaries that have never been formally delimited. The Chinese side has asked the Indian side to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its border troops that had crossed the boundary line to the Chinese side, as soon as possible, in order to properly resolve the incident.
In an interview to the “Hindu newspaper” on the 12th, former Indian Ambassador to China, Foreign Secretary and National Security Adviser, Menon said that since the 1980s, there have been a number of interim agreements between India and China on border issues, helping the two countries to maintain peace for many years. The dispute between India and China this time is different from the past, so the two sides must sit down now to develop a new interim agreement to guide India-China relations. Menon believes that neither side desires military conflict now and that “the only way to deal with China is to do so directly”. He stressed that the statements of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be taken seriously. The two sides have been in touch and have exchanged visits. “Our Ministers went to Beijing this month, so I think they will find a way to talk at all levels,” Menon said.