Adding more fuel to the already tensed situation between China and India is a Chinese daily that has not only accused India of oppressing Bhutan, but also made calls to Beijing to support independence of Sikkim.
In an editorial piece Chinese state-run, Global Times, said that India is imposing a coercive policy on Sikkim, as they are doing with Bhutan by deposing the king of Sikkim in 1975 and manipulated the country’s parliament into a referendum to make Sikkim a state of India.
The paper, known for its aggressive rhetoric, said that China should reconsider its stance over Sikkim.
Global Times wrote:
“Although China recognised India’s annexation of Sikkim in 2003, it can readjust its stance on the matter.”
Sikkim is a powerful card against the Dalai Lama, it added.
The daily said that India after its independence inherited the brutal colonial policies of Britain and pursued “regional hegemony at the sacrifice of tiny Himalayan nations”.
“New Delhi’s regional hegemony is swelling to a tipping point. The country has to pay for its provocations.”
“In 1962, the People’s Liberation Army still achieved an overwhelming victory in the military conflict against the Indian army with really poor logistics conditions. Nowadays, the situation is entirely different from 1962, so we hope India will not do anything irrational for its own good, otherwise it will pay more than in the past,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the state funded Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said.
The newspaper also carried an article quoting a security analyst as saying that India should “drop delusion of military strength” with China as the military gap between the two countries is bigger than in 1962.