- Border dispute showing no sign of de-escalating
- Chinese military conducted live fire drill in nearby Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
The comments, made by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang during a regular press briefing
Tuesday, come amid what has evolved into an increasingly bitter and entrenched border dispute between the two nations.
The standoff, now entering into its fifth week, centers on a thin strip of land in the junction with Bhutan. Though not a part of Indian territory, the area is close to the "chicken's neck," a strategic corridor that serves as a vital artery between Delhi and its far northeastern states.
The dispute appears to have escalated in recent days, say analysts, with both Beijing and Delhi looking to consolidate their positions. On Monday, China conducted live-fire drills in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau close to the site of the current standoff. The aim of the drills, according to reports in Chinese state media
, was to improve troops' "combat capability in such locations."
An increasingly bellicose domestic media environment has further added to the sense of intractability surrounding the dispute, with press reports from both sides calling on leaders to protect the "sovereignty" and "honor" of their respective nations.
A widely circulated op-ed
, published by the Chinese tabloid the Global Times on Tuesday, urged India to back down or "face the consequence of an all-out confrontation."
The commentary repeated unconfirmed repo