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India has been ignoring China's sovereignty these days.

New Delhi deployed thousands more troops in parts of Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed border area also claimed by China. The Indians also moved in the firepower - adding 155 mm guns, helicopters and unmanned aircraft.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made it clear that India will not compromise with China on border issue.

According to Chinese experts, India's actions have destroyed the trust between China and India, badly affecting their relationship. Meanwhile, Chinese netizens are also irritated by India's actions.

A survey conducted by Global Times, showed that more than 90 percent of surveyed netizens think India's troop-increase represents a threat to China, and about one in three believe that it is a true reflection of India's hostility. Nearly 75 percent believe that China should try to maintain Sino-Indian friendship at all costs but a majority also think India is catering to the anti-China group in the world to maintain political support.

According to Global Times, China should take a much more serious stance to face the provocation of its neighbors, otherwise similar troubles will likely follow. According to one survey-taker, "India is playing double-faced tactics; on one hand, it benefits from the 'Sino-Indian friendship.' On the other hand, India seeks hegemony. India today is no longer neutral, as we naively expect."

Some netizens support a temporary increase in military forces in western China to meet the "safety threat." Some think China should become an economic power first before attempting to reoccupy its territory.

Sun Shihai, Deputy director of Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told Huanqiu.com that Singh is trying to show his "will and determination" by taking aggressive action, but India should approach the border issue with China diplomatically.

Military expert Dai Xu said in an interview that India looted a burning house on the Sino-Indian border when other countries were focused on North Korea's nuclear test. India's troop increase is a hostile action toward China which casts a shadow over the improvement of the Sino-Indian relationship.

(China.org.cn by Li Xiaohua June 15, 2009)

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