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 stated if the Sino-India border tensions escalate, there isn’t any 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 stated: “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 stated.

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

Bolton additionally stated he didn’t suppose Trump knew something in regards to the historical past of those clashes over the many years between India and China.

Trump might need been briefed on it however historical past didn’t actually stick to him, stated Bolton, who was the US NSA from April 2018 to September 2019 beneath 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 stated.

“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 stated.

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 rigidity 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 rigidity within the area. PTI

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