China won’t start a war but won’t run away from it either, Global Times warns

A day after the bloodiest border row with China in 45 years left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead, China’s govt-backed media biggie Global Times wrote an editorial to issue a veiled threat to its trans-Himalayan neighbour.

That China does not want a war with India is the nation’s goodwill, not weakness, the paper used the occasion to remind India even as tempers continued to flare at several points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including Galwan, the valley that had erupted into bloody and murderous physical clashes between the two sides on the intervening night of June 15 and 16.

Global Times summed up the unfolding situation thus: “The gap between China’s and India’s strength is clear. China does not want to turn border issues with India into a confrontation. This is goodwill and restraint from China.

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