US media hails India, says China provoked a ‘nationalist tiger’

Chennai: The US media has said China has provoked the ‘Indian nationalist tiger’ by engaging in a face-off with Indian Army personnel in which 20 soldiers were killed.

Journalist Tom Rogan wrote in an opinion piece in Washington Examiner, “Beating 20 Indian soldiers to death Monday evening, China’s People’s Liberation Army has provoked the Indian nationalist tiger.”

Rogan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has skillfully redirected Indian nationalist sentiments away from their prior obsession with domestic sectarian interests and toward the idea of India as a key international player.

“He (PM Modi) will feel especially pressured to respond forcefully given perceptions in his Bharatiya Janata Party that he acted too timidly to a February 2019 attack by Pakistani terrorists. Adding fuel to the fire, this isn’t the first recent Chinese escalation against Indian interests,” he said.

Rogan noted that over the past two months, the PLA has been increasingly aggressive along the Line of Control, frequently confronting Indian patrols on the assumed Indian side of the border.