No assure Trump will again India in opposition to China if tensions escalate: Former US NSA John Bolton


New Delhi, July 11

Former United States National Security Adviser John Bolton has mentioned if the Sino-India border tensions escalate, there isn’t a assure that US President Donald Trump will again India in opposition to China.

“China has been behaving in a belligerent fashion all around its periphery, certainly in the East and South China sea, and its relations with Japan, India as well as others have declined,” Bolton advised WION TV in an interview.

On how far Trump was ready to go to again India in opposition to China, he mentioned: “I don’t know which way he would go and I don’t think he knows either. I think he sees the geostrategic relationship with China, for example, exclusively through the prism of trade.”

“I don’t know what Trump will do after the November elections once the guard rail is removed… He’ll be back to the big China trade deal. If things were to develop between India and China in a more critical fashion, I’m not sure where he would come down,” the previous US envoy to the UN mentioned.

Asked if he believes that if issues had been to escalate between India and China, there isn’t a assure that Trump will again India in opposition to China, Bolton mentioned: “That is correct”.

Bolton additionally mentioned he didn’t assume Trump knew something in regards to the historical past of those clashes over the a long time between India and China.

Trump may need been briefed on it however historical past didn’t actually keep on with him, mentioned Bolton, who was the US NSA from April 2018 to September 2019 below the Trump administration.

“I think his gut instinct for the next four months is to take anything off the table that complicates what is already a difficult election campaign for him,” Bolton mentioned.

“So what he (Trump) would want is quiet along with the border whether it benefits China or India. From his point of view — No news is good news,” he mentioned.

The Indian and the Chinese armies had been locked within the bitter standoff in a number of areas in japanese Ladakh for the final eight weeks. The pressure escalated manifold after the Galwan Valley clashes through which 20 Indian Army personnel had been killed.

Both sides have held a number of rounds of diplomatic and navy talks in the previous couple of weeks to ease pressure within the area. PTI



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