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Indian Army should learn from 'historical lessons': China

Indian Army should learn from historical lessons: China

China on Friday asked India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong area in the Sikkim sector as a precondition for a "meaningful dialogue" to settle the current stand-off, warning that the Indian Army should learn "historical lessons", in an oblique reference to the 1962 war.

Launching a media blitzkrieg on the Sikkim stand-off, both Chinese Foreign and Defence Ministries directed their attacks on India and maintained that the Indian army had "illegally trespassed" into the Chinese territory.
The People's Liberation Army spokesman, Col Wu Qian also rejected as "extremely irresponsible" Army chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks that India is ready for a "two-and-a-half front war", asking him to "stop clamouring for war".
Rawat had said that India is prepared for security threats posed by China, Pakistan as well as by internal threats.
When asked to respond to Rawat's remarks, Col Wu said: "Such rhetoric is extremely irresponsible".
"We hope that the particular person in the Indian Army could learn from historical lessons and stop such clamouring for war," he told the media here.
In an unprecedented action, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang displayed two photographs of the alleged Indian "incursion" into Donglong area during a media briefing here.
He said the Sikkim stand-off between the troops of the two countries can only be settled by the withdrawal of Indian soldiers from the area.
"Since the illegal trespass happened we have lodged solemn representations with the Indian side in both New Delhi and Beijing," Lu said, showing the photographs from the podium.
Later, the ministry uploaded two photographs on its website along with the Chinese transcript of Lu' press briefing.
One photo showed two bulldozers stated to be that of Indian military while another showed one bulldozer. A redline in the photos was shown as "Chinese side of the border".

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