- US trying to interfere to benefit from Sikkim stand-off: Chinese media
- Indian and Chinese soldiers locked in confrontation since June 16
- US trying to gain strategic advantage by undermining Beijing: China media
The Global Times is a nationalist tabloid and has been running near-daily editorials that accuse India of crossing the border at Sikkim on June 16 and "entering Chinese territory". India says its soldiers are positioned on land owned by Bhutan and that it cannot allow the construction of a road in the plateau - referred to as Donglang by China and Doklam by India - because Beijing is seeking to unilaterally alter the status quo at the sensitive tri-junction where the borders of Bhutan, China and India lie.
The Global Times' aggressive posturing has included a reference yesterday to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval as "a main schemer" in the current dispute. Mr Doval is scheduled to land in Beijing tomorrow for a meeting of top security officers from the bloc that makes up BRICS -Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. His visit will not persuade China to drop its demand for Indian soldiers to be pulled back as a precondition for talks, the newspaper claimed.
Neither China nor India have rejected the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Mr Doval and his counterpart. "More than five weeks into the border standoff between China and India, some countries other than the two directly involved are trying to step in," said the Global Times about the US and Australia.
"There are certain forces in the West that are instigating a military clash between China and India, from which they can seek strategic benefits at no cost to themselves. Washington applied this scheme in the South China Sea disputes," it alleged. China claims nearly all of the strategically vital South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Taiwan, also claim parts of the sea. While the US is not a claimant, it has criticised what it as termed Chinese "militarisation" of the sea.