Li Hong, an editor with the CCP-owned Global Times, wrote (July 5) a hard-hitting article captioned 'India should not make a bad situation worse', which warned the "Indian leadership to ponder the outcome of continuously antagonizing China" adding that "It should not make a bad situation worse". It said that India which lacks visionary strategists and with "its still backward economy" relies on geopolitical peace, as well as investments and know-how from its giant northern neighbour China. However,  "in the past year and a half is to consistently ramp up border tensions with Pakistan, Nepal and now, China. From the Doklam border standoff in 2017 to the recent deadly border scuffle in the Galwan Valley, India has displayed a pattern of disturbing frontier stability and ruffling the feathers of China". It claimed that India had been "seduced" by the US plot "to encircle China geographically and stifle China's rise by any means". It said "New Delhi has gone too far by saying "no" to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative to help revamp its poor infrastructure. Furthermore, it has constantly slung mud on China's infrastructure investments in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Pakistan" and that "after the Galwan Valley border clash on June 15, India started to ban Chinese investments and high-tech innovations, bringing hefty revenue losses to Chinese apps like WeChat, Weibo and TikTok". It said, "Indian government ministers said they are thinking of taking measures to ban China's Huawei and ZTE from building its 5G telecommunications network". The article said "For sure, we Chinese people have got the message that India aspires to become deeply entangled with the US to promote the so-called "Indo-Pacific" scheme to encircle and gang up against China, in New Delhi's veiled attempt to be accepted by Washington one day as a "full-fledged US ally". Warning that "The risk of a military skirmish or a hot war is growing", it asserted that "Indian government strategists, if any, lack political foresight and vision to wisely position India and develop the country. By leaning to the seemingly more powerful US, politicians in New Delhi are delusional in believing that India could act as a pawn to Washington, and help it check and curb China's rejuvenation in the 21st century. By alienating and antagonizing China, Indian leaders could put their country's economic future in serious peril". The author warned "China has leverage or options in its hand to inflict immediate economic pain on India, because China is far less reliant on India's market than India is on China's. If New Delhi stubbornly discriminates Chinese enterprises investing there or intentionally disrupting the import of Chinese goods at ports, Beijing could retaliate by reducing or completely cutting off crucial supplies of auto components, textile materials and active pharmaceutical ingredients to restrict India's major industry productions". Stating that "India shoots itself in the foot by choosing to accelerate border tensions with China and inflaming anti-China public sentiment, as Chinese businessmen will shudder at the thought of worsening bilateral relations and leave the Indian market", it advised "Now it's time for Indian leadership to ponder the outcome of continuously antagonizing China. It should not make a bad situation worse." 

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