The Chinese newspaper Global Times said that New Delhi needed to be taught a bitter lesson. The article titled ‘India will suffer worse losses than in 1962 if it incites border clash’ said that ‘Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers.’
The Indian media hasn’t been much different in the coverage of the issue. Not a single shot has been fired across the India-China border since 1962, but the Indian media’s China “war” never quite ended.
Media houses of both the nations show the other party as trespassers but it’s just clash of opinions on the borders demarcating the three countries (India, China, and Bhutan) involved. For simple understanding, India asserts ownership of the Chumbi Valley, a dagger shaped wedge of Chinese territory protruding southward from the Tibetan plateau that ends north of Doklam at the Batang La pass. However, China claims Doklam, proclaiming that the boundary runs south of the pasture, along the dominating Gyemo Chen Mountain, which China calls Mount Gipmochi.
Bhutan comes in the picture as the tri-junction of the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan boundary falls in the country. Fortunately, Bhutan’s claims are supportive of India’s. Now, the land border issue has been pending for long but India and China are sane enough to understand that a war will leave both parties economically damaged.
Thus, the media of both the nations should switch from their current jingoistic tones to rational nationalistic tones. The media generally ignores the fact that that the two countries do not have a mutually agreed border and also that the two parties differ even on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In spite of this, the two nations never fought over this before 1962.
Cultural and economic relations between China and India date back to ancient times. Our Medias tend to ignore the fact that more and more Indians have been visiting China in recent years and the same goes for Chinese travellers to India as well. Chinese goods have entered the Indian consumer market on a massive scale.
Since we can’t do much about their media coverage, we must try to change the way we cover the issue. The most important factor that the Indian media choose to ignore is our trade deficit. The unfavourable balance of payments for India should be highlighted more so that the government thinks of leveraging the Chinese markets.
To sum up, it can be said that the media houses of the two nations must overcome their temptations as India-China ties are expanding despite their negative coverage.