China’s claims that Indian troops crossed over to the Chinese side of the border to disrupt the construction of a road in the Doka La area. (Representative image) (Image source: Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
Amid the ongoing standoff at the Sino-India border, Chinese state media accused New Delhi of jeopardising Bhutan's “diplomatic sovereignty” and “bullying” tiny Himalayan countries.
An editorial in the Global Times, which is affiliated to the Communist Party of China (CPC) mouthpiece, People’s Daily, said India has startling control over Bhutan.
“India has startling control and oppression over Bhutan, and as a result, Bhutan has not established diplomatic ties with its neighbor China or any other permanent member of the UN Security Council. Through unequal treaties, India has severely jeopardized Bhutan's diplomatic sovereignty and controls its national defense,” the editorial reads.
It also called for the international community to “prevent India from oppressing” Bhutan.
On the issue of Sikkim, the editorial accused India of manipulating the country's parliament into a referendum to make Sikkim an Indian state.
“The small neighbor's revolts over sovereignty in the 1960s and 1970s were brutally cracked down on by the Indian military. New Delhi deposed the king of Sikkim in 1975 and manipulated the country's parliament into a referendum to make Sikkim a state of India,” it said.
The piece also reiterated China’s claims that Indian troops crossed over to the Chinese side of the border to disrupt the construction of a road in the Doka La area.
“China's construction site is near India's Siliguri Corridor, a vital path to the country's turbulent northeast area. Suspicious of the potential threats the road construction poses to the corridor, Indian troops crossed the border to the China side and obstructed our road construction.”