The move comes ahead of the Brics summit, which will see leaders from five countries, including PM Narendra Modi, in the Chinese city of Xiamen in early September.

Beijing’s aggressive stance indicates a strategy for creating a situation that might make it politically difficult for Modi to attend the Brics summit, observers said. India is building the road in an area close to Pangong lake, which saw an unarmed clash between soldiers of the two countries early this month.BEIJING: China intensified its criticism of India on Thursday while discussing reports that India was building a road between Marsimik la to Hot Spring in Ladakh sector. “It seems that the Indian side is slapping its own face,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

The move comes ahead of the Brics summit, which will see leaders from five countries, including PM Narendra Modi, in the Chinese city of Xiamen in early September.

Beijing’s aggressive stance indicates a strategy for creating a situation that might make it politically difficult for Modi to attend the Brics summit, observers said. India is building the road in an area close to Pangong lake, which saw an unarmed clash between soldiers of the two countries early this month.

There’s a sharp change in the tone of the Chinese foreign ministry, which had stuck to a diplomatic stance through most of the two months of the Doklam deadlock. But the ministry has come under pressure from hawkish sections in the Communist Party which regard its diplomatic stance as a weak response.

Now, the current road construction in that area by Indian side is not conducive to peace and stability in that area. It will not help with settlement of the current situation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua said.

“The Indian side is closely following China’s road building recently (sic) but India’s action itself has proven the Indian side says one thing and does another,” she said. “India’s words are a complete contradiction to its deeds on border issues.”

In its advisory about India, China said, “There frequently occurred natural disasters, traffic accidents and infectious diseases in India (sic).” Beijing’s second advisory to its citizens suggests an attempt to create a scare and reduce the flow of Chinese tourists to India in the hope that New Delhi will come under pressure. China rarely issues advisories to its citizens concerning countries in Africa and Asia which are subject to a lot more natural disasters and infectious diseases.