Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
The decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) favoring the Philippines sent alarm to many nations having disputes with China. Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and even India considered the decision a legal success not only for the Philippines, but also for other countries with the same instances with China.
The Beijing government has urged peace after India deployed 100 tanks to its border with China in Ladakh. Citing the India-China border as being having always been “stable”, China said that India should continue to resolve their territorial disputes through peaceful negotiation.
The Indian military’s deployment of T-72 tanks to the Chinese border came as a reaction to an “increase in force levels” from across the border. Beijing had been increasing its military presence in the border region over the past few years, causing concern for the government in New Delhi.
On 22 July, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lu Kang, said: “The two countries should abide by relevant agreements and consensus, work in concert to maintain peace and tranquility of the border area and create a favourable environment for improving bilateral mutual trust and bolstering the proper settlement of the boundary question.”
Kang added that there has previously been “significant agreements” reached between China and India on the border dispute. However, some have hinted that India’s recent army deployment could hamper Chinese investments in India.