Beijing’s territorial claims over the South China Sea, the world’s busiest shipping route, overlap with no less than six of its neighbors. To bolster its claim, China has built military installations, including airstrips, on natural and man-made islands in the disputed territory.
Speaking to Global Times, a publication controlled by the Chinese Community Party, Beijing naval expert Li Jie warned India not to undermine Chinese sovereignty.
He said, “If the Indian ship takes action to undermine China’s maritime rights or challenge China’s territorial sovereignty, China must expel it or even resort to reasonable collisions.
“If the Indian warship steps up its actions, China will need to develop contingency plans and respond effectively.”
On June 20, Indian soldiers were killed in fighting with their Chinese counterparts in the disputed valley of the Galwan River.
Both sides fought with melee weapons such as iron bars, clubs wrapped in barbed wire and bricks.
Although the exact figures are not clear, the Chinese side has also reportedly suffered heavy losses.
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“India could even send an aircraft carrier to the region in the future.
“China must first of all express its firm opposition to the presence of the Indian Navy in the South China Sea.
“The United States and India are both extraterritorial powers.
“Any of their military activities in the South China Sea will jeopardize regional security and stability.”
Any conflict between India and China, the two most populous nations in the world, would have the potential to spread and attract other world powers.
India has deployed its warships in the South China Sea following the deadly clash in the Galwan River Valley.
They would be used to monitor Chinese naval deployments around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Speaking to Asian News International (ANI), an Indian government source said the move succeeded in increasing diplomatic pressure on Beijing.
They commented: “Shortly after the outbreak of the Galwan clash in which 20 of our soldiers were killed, the Indian Navy deployed one of its frontline warships in the South China Sea. where the People’s Liberation Army navy opposes the presence of any other force claiming the majority of the waters within its territory.
They continued, “The immediate deployment of the Indian Navy warship to the South China Sea had a desired effect on the Chinese navy and security, as they complained to the Indian side about the presence of the vessel. Indian war there during diplomatic level talks with the Indian side. . “