Closer India-US ties necessary amidst Chinese ‘aggression’: US lawmakers

Washington, August 6

Throwing their weight behind the India-US relationship which enjoys bipartisan assist, two high American lawmakers have mentioned that shut partnership between the 2 international locations assumes significance in view of the “aggression” that New Delhi faces from Beijing.

Writing collectively to reveal the sturdy bipartisan assist for the US-India relationship, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned members of each the events recognise the influence {that a} sturdy US-India partnership could have on the trajectory of the 21st century.

“As Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi said in February of this year, our ties ‘are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship’”, mentioned the letter signed by Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Michael T McCaul, its Ranking Member.

“This closer relationship is all the more important as India faces aggression from China along your shared border, which is part of the Chinese government’s consistent pattern of unlawful and belligerent territorial aggression across the Indo-Pacific,” the 2 highly effective Congressmen mentioned.

Their remarks got here amid the border face-off between India and China in japanese Ladakh.

Twenty Indian Army personnel had been killed in the course of the clashes with Chinese troops in japanese Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese facet additionally suffered casualties within the clashes however it’s but to offer out particulars.

The variety of casualties on the Chinese facet was 35, based on a US intelligence report.

The United States will stay steadfast in assist of India’s efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, mentioned the letter dated August 5 and was tweeted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“As champions of the US-India relationship, we have been delighted to see our countries’ close cooperation on issues from defense to climate change. It is because of our support for the bilateral relationship that we note with concern that conditions in Jammu and Kashmir have not normalised one year after India’s repeal of Article 370 and the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory,” they wrote.

“We acknowledge the ongoing serious security and counterterrorism concerns in the region and look forward to working with your government to address these concerns while upholding our shared commitments to the democratic values and freedoms on which our countries’ bond was built,” the lawmakers wrote.

“As Prime Minister Modi said earlier this year, ‘Unity in diversity and unity’s vibrancy is the key to a strong relationship between India and America’. We look forward to working with you to continue to strengthen and advance this vibrant and consequential relationship,” Engel and McCaul wrote. PTI

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