‘At all costs’: Rising superpowers face off

Jarrod Sierocki

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said Aust opposes South China Sea militarisation during her India visit

Indian activists of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi this month as border tensions between China and India increase. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Money SHARMA

CHINA has warned India it is willing to defend territory “at all costs” and it should not harbour any “unrealistic illusions” over a border dispute that threatens to boil over into an open conflict.

This week China’s Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Quian said Chinese border troops would step up “targeted deployment and training” in a remote region between the two countries.

He said India “should not leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions” about China’s commitment to defending its territory or push it with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

“Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the PLA is hard,” he said.

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