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Bipartisan Support in US Grows for India Against Chinese Aggression

China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File picture: Reuters)

The scenario deteriorated after the June 15 Galwan Valley clashes through which 20 Indian Army personnel had been killed and an unconfirmed variety of Chinese troopers.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 9:12 AM IST

India has obtained sturdy bipartisan assist from members of the US Congress in opposition to the current Chinese navy aggression in Ladakh. Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in a number of areas alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in jap Ladakh since May 5.

The scenario deteriorated after the June 15 Galwan Valley clashes through which 20 Indian Army personnel had been killed and an unconfirmed variety of Chinese troopers died. In the previous couple of weeks, dozens of lawmakers, throughout the aisle, each on the ground of the House of Representatives and the Senate and out of doors the Capitol have praised India of standing sturdy in opposition to the Chinese efforts to seize Indian territories.

“I call on China to end its military aggression. This conflict should only be settled through peaceful means,” Congressman Frank Pallone, one of many senior-most Democratic lawmakers, stated on the ground of the US House of Representatives, becoming a member of different lawmakers in condemning the current Chinese aggression alongside the LAC in India’s Ladakh area. A powerful supporter of the India-US relationship, Pallone, founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, has been a member of the US Congress since 1988.

At a time when there’s a bitter political divide in Washington DC, influential lawmakers from each the GOP and Democratic Party have been supporting Indian stand in opposition to China. “In the months leading to this clash, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) military reportedly amassed 5,000 soldiers along this boundary and that clearly meant to redraw longstanding resettled borders by force and aggression,” Pallone claimed.

Support to India in opposition to China has come within the type of tweets, public speeches, House and Senate flooring, letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Congressional resolutions. Several lawmakers have additionally made a name to Sandhu to precise their outrage in opposition to China. A day earlier, Sandhu obtained a name from Republican Senator Cory Gardner from Colorado to precise his condolences on the lack of lives of Indian troopers on the LAC.

“The US-India relationship is broad, deep, and growing – and we discussed how vital the cooperation between our nations is to countering common challenges and aggression in the region and upholding a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific,” stated Gardner, who can also be the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia. Sandhu, who has been assembly high American lawmakers, just about, each day has obtained a number of Congressmen and Senators expressing their sturdy assist to India in opposition to China.

“India has made it clear, it will not be bullied by Beijing,” Senator Marco Rubio stated after his name with Sandhu. Senator Rick Scott, weeks in the past, wrote to Prime Minister Modi to commend his struggle in opposition to the Chinese aggression.

“As you continue to stand strong against Communist China and General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi, I want to offer help in any way I can to the Republic of India, the world’s largest democracy and our ally. The US will always defend our allies and those fighting for freedom. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything you need in this fight,” Scott stated. Congressmen George Holding and Brad Sherman, co-chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, together with a number of different lawmakers together with Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna wrote a letter to Sandhu to precise excessive disappointment over the occasions that came about within the Galwan Valley.

They stated over the previous couple of months, the Chinese authorities have been performing with impunity and have tried to transgress on the LAC. “We are disappointed that China has been acting in contradiction to their agreements with India, in their attempt to change the status quo and challenge Indian troops at the border,” the Congressmen wrote.

Led by Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and co-sponsored by a number of others together with Ro Khanna, Frank Pallone, Tom Suozzi, Ted Yoho, George Holding, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Haley Stevens and Steve Chabot, the House of Representatives has handed an modification to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which says China ought to work towards de-escalating the scenario alongside the LAC with India by means of current diplomatic mechanisms and never by means of drive.

Another NDAA modification, moved by Congressman Chabot together with Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera stated India and China ought to work in the direction of de-escalating the scenario alongside the LAC. The modification expresses its concern over the rising territorial assertiveness of China.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate flooring alleged that for the sake of grabbing territory, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) seems to have instigated essentially the most violent conflict between China and India since these nations went to warfare in 1962. “I am extremely concerned by the ongoing Chinese aggression along the LAC,” stated Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“China is demonstrating once again that it is willing to bully its neighbours rather than resolve conflicts according to international law,” he stated. “China has resumed its submarine intrusions in the Japanese contiguous zones and picked deadly fights with India at high altitude,” alleged Senator Tom Cotton.


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