We must warn India seriously,China

INDIAN  was as reckless as “doing a handstand on the edge of a cliff”, fulminated the Global Times, a state-run tabloid in China, on September 8th. “We must warn India seriously: you have crossed the line!” In India’s telling, it was Chinese troops who crossed the line, approaching an Indian position near Mukhpari peak on September 7th and firing “a few rounds” into the air. In China’s version, it was Indian troops who crossed the undefined and disputed border and fired the warning shots, forcing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “to take an emergency response”. Whoever pulled the trigger—Indian sources suggest that both sides did—the bullets were the first to fly along the vast Himalayan frontier between the nuclear-armed neighbours in 45 years.