Washington, December 16
The US Congress has officially passed the USD 740 billion Defence Policy Bill, which among other things include calling out Chinese aggression against India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The US House of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday passed the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA), which included key components of Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s resolution language urging the Chinese government to end its military aggression against India along the LAC.
China and India have been locked in a military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May this year.
The House and Senate versions of the Bill were reconciled by a bipartisan Congressional conference committee earlier this month.
The inclusion of this provision, which Krishnamoorthi led as an amendment when the Bill passed the House, reflects the US government’s strong support for its allies and partners like India in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. — PTI
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