Washington, July 8
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused China of taking “incredibly aggressive action” in a current conflict with India over a disputed part of the nuclear-armed neighbours’ border, saying the incident couldn’t be assessed in isolation.
On the night time of June 15, Chinese forces and Indian troops fought for hours with rods and golf equipment, leading to a dramatic escalation that left 20 Indian troopers killed, with some falling to their deaths within the freezing waters of the Galwan river within the western Himalayas.
On Monday, Indian authorities sources mentioned China started pulling again troops from alongside the border with India, after weeks of talks between senior navy officers on how one can ease tensions. China has but to verify whether or not it suffered casualties however the Indian deaths have been the very best alongside the border in additional than 5 a long time.
“The Chinese took incredibly aggressive action and the Indians have done their best to respond to that,” Pompeo mentioned in a information convention on the State Department. “I put this in the context of General Secretary Xi Jinping and his behaviour throughout the region, throughout the world,” he mentioned.
“I don’t think it’s possibly to look at that particular instance, Chinese Communist Party aggression in isolation. You need to put it in the larger context,” Pompeo mentioned.
His feedback replicate the deep operating tensions between Washington and Beijing, which have been at loggerheads over the dealing with of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s actions within the former British colony of Hong Kong and a virtually two-year commerce dispute between the US and China.
The Chinese navy on Monday was seen dismantling tents and buildings at a web site within the Galwan valley close to to the place the most recent conflict happened, mentioned the Indian authorities sources, who spoke on the situation of anonymity. Reuters