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Mike Pompeo ’s attack on China signals a shift in India’s approach

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the joint statement issued after 2+2 meeting of US and Indian counterparts, said that US will stand with people of India to counter the threats as posed by Chinese Communist Party on LAC (Line Of Actual Control) in eastern Ladakh, and help India in protecting its sovereignty and liberty.

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Chinese diplomats in New Delhi and Beijing are going overdrive over the comments made by US officials in a joint statement after 2+2 meeting

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After the statement was issued, since then Chinese diplomats in New Delhi and Beijing went on overdrive, expressing their sharp opposition and counterattacks on United States. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper delivered the opening statement in the joint media briefing declared that US would stand along side India joining shoulder to shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. He made this statement in the light of what he expressed as increasing aggression and destabilising activities by China.

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Two remarks made by US officials clearly indicate that both India and US will not accept any threat of any form from China

The remarks made by the US officials, particularly the two remarks were unusual as any visiting foreign officials, generally stay clear of accusing or referencing negatively to the third country at a bilateral public events. The joint statement was a break from this tradition implying that the old rules are changed and India is ready to fight and will not step back from its land. The shift in approach by Indian Government is likely to get pronounced if China if the country does not show any intention of resolving and adopting peace on LAC (Line of Actual Control) in Eastern Ladakh, as the standoff between Indian troops and PLA (People’s Liberation Army) troops have entered in its sixth month. In the statement Mike Pompeo also underlined Chinese Communist Party as no friend of democracy.

 

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