New Delhi, Feb 24: Days after former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon claimed that China’s political goal was to ‘split’ India and Bhutan over the Doklam standoff, Chinese observers accused Indian officials of making provocative remarks and warned India of another Doklam-like standoff soon

“Indian officials’ recent provocative remarks, as well as a surreptitious visit to controversial border regions, are likely to plunge their country into another showdown with China like last year’s Doklam standoff, Chinese observers warned on Thursday,” said a report in Chinese tabloid The Global Times.

“India has been sending provocative signals to China since the Doklam standoff of summer 2017, which makes the already soured Sino-Indian relationship more fragile,” the tabloid claimed.

Earlier, while speaking to reporters Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had asserted that the situation in Doklam is “absolutely fine” and there is no reason to worry.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed tri-junction by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off ended on August 28.