CHINA SAID INDIA’s OBJECTION TO CHINA BUILDING THE ROAD IN SIKKIM SECTOR IS AN ATTEMPT TO IMPRESS US PRESIDENT TRUMP :

Another article in the Global Times said that India’s objection to China building the road in the Sikkim sector ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States was aimed at demonstrating to Washington its ‘firm determination’ to ‘constrain’ China’s rise. ‘Modi took two measures to brace for his meeting with Trump. The first one was to seal a weapons deal with the US. For America, the weapons deal will not only reap enormous monetary gains from India, but also strengthen India’s advantage in the Indo-Pacific region to check China,’ the article said.  ‘The other measure aimed to demonstrate to the US India’s firm determination to constrain China’s rise,’ the article written by Liu Zongyi senior fellow of the state-run think tank, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said. ‘For example, Indian troops crossed the undisputed Sikkim section of the China-India border and impeded Chinese workers from building roads a few days before Modi’s visit to the US,’ it said. In addition, the Indian government has started an anti-dumping probe into Chinese products, the article said, adding the Modi administration sought US support at the cost of China-India ties and has taken a lead in containing China’s rise. Apart from the territorial dispute, India announced that it would initiate an anti-dumping probe against high tenacity polyester yarn from China, the article said.  ‘Because the border face-off and the announcement of the anti-dumping probe occurred around the same time as Modi’s two-day visit to the US, people link India’s bravura with the Modi-Trump meeting,’ it said.  The daily also downplayed Modi’s visit, saying it was ‘not a historic event, as some media outlets in India boasted, because of the limited results the meeting has achieved’.  At the same time, it noted that Modi has established a ‘relatively harmonious’ relationship with Trump.  The Rediff.com : 3rd. July,17

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