Washington, July 15
China’s “very aggressive” actions in opposition to India, together with the brutal assault on the Indian troopers in japanese Ladakh, and its strikes within the South China Sea and Hong Kong give a “good insight” into how the ruling Communist Party of China is pondering nowadays, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has stated.
The Indian and Chinese armies had been locked in a standoff in a number of areas in japanese Ladakh since May 5. The stress escalated within the Galwan Valley on June 15 wherein 20 Indian Army personnel had been killed throughout a violent face-off with Chinese troopers.
“The Chinese have been very aggressive with India,” O’Brien stated on Tuesday alleging that in the course of the current conflict they beat a few of the Indians so badly they had been disfigured and couldn’t be recognized.
“This is a dispute between India and China, but China has shown itself for what it was. Chinese troops ambushed the Indians. They beat 20 Indians to death. They beat them so badly with clubs with nails in them and wrapped with concertina — barbed wire,” O’Brien informed Fox News Radio in an interview.
He was responding to a query on the current Chinese aggressive behaviour in opposition to India in japanese Ladakh.
Responding to a query on US-India bilateral relations, he stated, India was a democracy and is a superb good friend of the United States.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President (Donald) Trump have a super relationship,” O’Brien stated.
“In fact, it was the last foreign trip that I took with the president before the COVID crisis hit, was to India, and we had a great reception of the Indian people there. We have a lot in common with them, we speak English, we’re democracies. We’ve got a growing, very strong relationship with India,” O’Brien stated.
“But China’s action towards India, just like its actions in the South China Sea, just like what it’s doing in Hong Kong, just like the bullying intimidation of Taiwan, really gives you a good insight into how the Communist Party of China is thinking these days,” he stated.
China claims nearly all the 1.three million sq. miles the South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been constructing army bases on synthetic islands within the area additionally claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
“It’s something to be very concerned about,” O’Brien stated.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected “most” of China’s maritime claims within the South China Sea, the newest within the escalation between Washington and Beijing.
Last week, the Trump administration took motion in opposition to Chinese officers for his or her involvement in human rights abuses within the Xinjiang area, the place Uyghur Muslims and different minority teams have been detained and tortured.
And two weeks in the past, the administration introduced visa restrictions on present and former Chinese officers who it says “were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms”.
The Trump administration has been overtly crucial of Beijing’s sweeping nationwide safety regulation geared toward limiting Hong Kong’s autonomy and banning literature crucial of the Chinese Communist Party.
Earlier within the day, Senator Bob Menendez, a rating member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, alleged that China is in search of to redraw the map of Asia with out regard to its neighbours.
“As India and China work to disengage along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), I remain deeply concerned by China’s aggressive behaviour in territorial disputes,” he stated.
“From the 2017 Doklam standoff to the recent violence along the borders in Sikkim and Ladakh, to China’s new claims to Bhutanese territory, Beijing has all too often sought to redraw the map of Asia without regard for its neighbours,” he stated.
The worldwide neighborhood should be clear that such behaviour was unacceptable, he added.
Menendez, the highest Democratic Senator from New Jersey, stated the US-India partnership, primarily based on their shared dedication to democracy, was important to uphold worldwide regulation, worldwide norms and the establishments that would peacefully and diplomatically resolve disputes and aggression.
“I am committed to working with the Indian government and the Indian-American community in New Jersey and throughout the United States to advance US-India cooperation,” Menendez stated. PTI