Chinese foreign ministry officials on Thursday said the "atmosphere" was "not right" for a bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, which begins on July 7, amid a standoff between the armies of the two countries in Sikkim, the northwestern Indian state.
The current standoff flared immediately after a successful meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump and their joint statement that followed, which indicated a strengthening of the strategic partnership between India and the U.S., and their joint views on terrorists being harboured in Pakistan, the forthcoming naval exercises between the two countries and Japan, and the threat posed by North Korea.
Chinese officials also said the "atmosphere is not right" for a meeting between Modi and Xi on the margins of the G20 Summit beginning on Friday. "In addition, he will also participate in the BRICS leaders' meeting", Baglay said.
The Global Times, a widely respected Chinese newspaper, has published an editorial in which it has stated that it is high time that India should pay for its provocations.
The faceoff was triggered after Bhutan, which has close diplomatic and military ties with India, protested against People's Liberation Army troops building a road close to the strategic tri-junction of India, Bhutan, and Tibet, neighbouring the Chumbi Valley in Chinese control.
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The official said Doklam was well within the Chinese territory but India's action had changed the status quo. It is one of five Indian states that share border with China.
"We have said many times that the illegal entry of Indian border troops at the defined section and mutually recognised boundary is different in nature from previous frictions at the undefined part of the boundary", Geng said. And if India doesn't withdraw its troops from the border, Beijing may decide to support "pro-independence appeals in Sikkim".
India accuses China, in part, of escalating the conflict as retribution for the Dalai Lama's visit to India's Arunachal Pradesh state in April. Many believe the gap between the militaries of China and India today is even bigger than in 1962, and hope India can keep calm for its own good.
"The papers that served up new rhetoric about the 20-day-old dispute include the state-run Global Times which said in an editorial that India will confront "greater losses" than in the 1962 war if it "incites" border clashes with China".
"The broader political context is that it's not about Bhutan, it's not about that territory - it's about China and India's rivalry for power and influence", regional expert Dr Mohan Mailk told the ABC.