New Delhi: An editorial piece in the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times run with the headline “India needs to tone down its hawkish rhetoric” refers to India as a diplomatically immature nation.
The comment comes just days after Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said that India needs to shift its military focus on the borders with China.
“The Indian Army seems to have failed to learn its lessons from the Doklam standoff. If India continues making provocations, it should expect harsh punishment from the Chinese Army," read the editorial piece in the Global Times, which is often said to reflect Beijing's views.
The article further added that “confronting China entails an unbearably high strategic cost for India. New Delhi should cherish the amicable policy adopted by Beijing”.
Further, the editorial also found Rawat’s comments contradicting the stand of the External Affairs Ministry. It said “all of these reports (about Rawat's comments) are incongruent with the Indian external affairs ministry's judgment that the status quo prevailed on the border”.
Calling India “diplomatically immature”, the article further said that the country preferred “impulsive nationalism”. It also said that India could not allow its neighbours to drift away from it to counter China.
"This mentality that sees neighbours as an Indian domain is widely adopted in New Delhi. India is diplomatically immature, with a self-centred approach and preference for impulsive nationalism. Dealing with this country requires more than one set of rules," said the editorial.
On Wednesday, General Rawat had said that the Army does not visualise any "serious trouble" post-Doklam episode as the border forces of India and China are holding regular exchange and the earlier "bonhomie" has returned, but the forces are prepared for any exigency.