The US has backed India with a top diplomat amid border tensions with China, describing Beijing’s aggression as “not always rhetorical” and accusing it of trying to change the status quo on its “provocative and disturbing” to continue with the “behavior”.
PTI , Updated: 21 May 2020, 01:50:30 PM
He also talked about China’s aggressive behavior in the strategic South China Sea. (photo credit: News Nation)
The US has backed India amid escalating border tensions with China, with a top diplomat describing Beijing’s aggression as “not always rhetorical” and calling on it to try to change the status quo. perpetrating provocative and harassing behaviour”. Senior US diplomat for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said China’s border tensions with India and Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea have something to do with it.
“The flare-ups at the border, I think, are a reminder that Chinese aggression is not always rhetorical. And so whether it is on the South China Sea or whether it is on the border with India, we continue to see provocations and disturbing behaviour. That raises questions about how China wants to use its growing power,” Wells, the outgoing head of the South and Central Asia Bureau at the US State Department, told reporters in a conference call on Wednesday. The way is, and that is constant aggression, a constant attempt to change the norms, to change the status quo. It has to be opposed,” the senior US diplomat told the Atlantic Council think tank at a separate event held on Wednesday.
She was replying to a question on the recent violence along the India-China border. Wells retired from the State Department on May 22 after a long career spanning 31 years, during which he headed the State Department’s crucial South and Central Asia bureau for three years in the Trump administration. He also talked about China’s aggressive behavior in the strategic South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have countered.
China is embroiled in heated territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built and militarized many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. Both regions are said to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also important for global trade. “And that is why you have seen the rallying of like-minded nations or whether it is .. through ASEAN or through other diplomatic groups, the trilateral which is the United States with Japan and India, the quadrilateral with Australia, which Negotiations are taking place globally. Focus on how we can reinforce the principles of the post-World War II economic order that supported free and open trade that helped lift all boats, including the Chinese boat. It is,” Wells said.
“What we want to see is an international system that benefits everyone, not a system that is dominated by China. I think in this instance, the border disputes are a reminder of the danger posed by China,” Top US diplomat said. On 5 May, around 250 Indian and Chinese army personnel clashed with iron rods, sticks and even pelted stones in the Pangong Tso Lake area, injuring soldiers from both sides.
In a separate incident, on May 9, around 150 Indian and Chinese military personnel had a face-off near the Naku La pass in the Sikkim sector. According to sources, at least 10 soldiers from both the sides were injured in the incident. The Indian and Chinese forces were engaged in a 73-day standoff at the Doklam tri-junction in 2017. The India-China border dispute covers a 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control, which is the de facto border between the two. Country. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet while India opposes it. Both sides have emphasized that it is necessary to maintain peace in the border areas till the final resolution of the border issue.
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First published: 21 May 2020, 01:50:30 pm