Washington, August 14
A bipartisan group of two influential US senators has launched a decision within the Senate, condemning Chinese navy aggression to alter the established order on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India and calling for a diplomatic resolution.
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in a number of areas alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in jap Ladakh since May 5. The state of affairs deteriorated after the June 15 Galwan Valley clashes wherein 20 Indian Army personnel have been killed and an unconfirmed variety of Chinese troopers died.
The decision was launched by Senator John Cornyn, Republican Senate Majority Whip, and Senator Mark Warner, rating member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Thursday.
Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus. The Senate decision follows the passage of an identical decision by the House of Representatives as a part of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) final month.
“As a cofounder of the Senate India Caucus, I know firsthand the importance of a strong relationship between the US and India. I commend India’s commitment to standing up to China and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. It is more important than ever that we support our Indian partners as they defend against Chinese aggression,” Cornyn mentioned.
The June 15 battle between China and India, ensuing within the deaths of 20 Indian troopers, ought to set off alarm bells concerning Beijing’s “provocative actions” in disputed territory, Warner mentioned.
“This resolution condemns PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) actions to change the Line of Actual Control, especially in the midst of diplomatic negotiations between the two countries; and encourages the two nations to find a diplomatic resolution that restores the April 2020 status quo at the LAC,” he mentioned.
Warner mentioned the US had lengthy loved a partnership with India strengthened by shared democratic values.
“That partnership only becomes more important as we work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he mentioned.
In a joint press assertion, the 2 senators mentioned the lethal battle broke out on June 15 on the China-India border following weeks of minor navy confrontations alongside the LAC that separates China and the Indian areas of Ladakh and Sikkim.
The “lethal conflict” occurred within the Galwan Valley — one of many websites of rigidity in current weeks — as the 2 sides have been within the means of negotiating a mutual “disengagement” of forces. The final time the border battle escalated to the purpose of casualties was in 1975, it famous.
Over the previous a number of weeks, there was outpouring of help from high American lawmakers, throughout the aisle, in opposition to Chinese efforts to seize Indian territories.
Support for India in opposition to China has come within the type of tweets, public speeches, House and Senate ground, letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Congressional resolutions.
Several lawmakers have additionally made a name to Sandhu to specific their outrage in opposition to China.
Sandhu, who has been assembly high American lawmakers, just about, every day has obtained a number of Congressmen and Senators expressing their robust help to India in opposition to China. PTI