BEIJING: China on Monday warned India not to underestimate the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and reiterated that Indian troops should pull back from the Dokalam area.
"Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the PLA is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China`s territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".
The official statement comes after a Chinese daily on June 21 warned India to be ready for war and lose even its own territory if it did not pull back troops.
New Delhi and Beijing have been engaged in the standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction since June after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while the 'Dragon' claims it as part of its Donglang region.
Amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the Dokalam area, the PLA also conducted live-fire exercises in Tibet.
Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will visit Beijing to attend the BRICS NSA's meeting on July 27-28, Indian media reported.