“The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of defeating invading enemies and protect the country’s sovereignty,” said China’s President Xi Jinping while addressing China’s armed forces amidst the Sino-India military tensions near the Sikkim border.
“The PLA also has the confidence and capability to build a stronger military and make new and greater contribution to realizing China’s two centenary goals and the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation, and safeguarding world peace”, Xi was quoted by the local media.
Though there was no clear mention of India or the Sino-India political tensions, a reference to “invading armies” gave a clear hint to what the Chinese President was talking about. Time and over again, Chinese media and their Government has allegedly held Indian army responsible for invading and illegally trespassing into Chinese territories. They held India responsible for preventing the Chinese troops from building a road at the Donglang area in the Sikkim region which is reportedly, claimed by Bhutan too.
China demands India to withdraw its army from the Donglang area before an open talk could be organized between the two countries. India, on the other hand, argues that if the road is being built, will have serious security implications for India.
Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister is one of the highest ranked ministers to openly oppose and blame the Indian Government on this issue. Talking to a reporter in Bangkok last week, he said – “Even the Indian officials have publically said that Chinese soldiers have not entered the Indian Territory. In other words, Indian side admitted crossing into Chinese territory.”
However, it was the statement of Xi wherein, he mentioned “invading enemies” have added a fuel to the already ignited spark, as he is the general secretary of Communist Party of China along with, being the chairman of the Central Military Commission.