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Trump On India-China Tension: "They Have Come To Blows,Will Help Them"
US experts feel that the latest Chinese behavior will swing India towards China.
Trump On India-China Tension: "They Have Come To Blows, Will Help Them"
New Delhi: The US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that the United States is talking to both India and China to help them resolve their ongoing border tensions.
Before boarding Marine 1 on his way to the first post-COVID-19 election rally in Oklahoma, Trump told reporters that "It's a very tough situation. We're talking to India. We're talking to China. They've got a big problem there".
"They've come to blows, and we'll see what happens. We'll try and help them out," Trump said when asked about his assessment of the situation between India and China.
The entire Trump Administration over the past few days has rallied behind India against the incursions of the Chinese Army into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.
20 Indian soldiers were killed in fierce clashes against Chinese intruders into the Galwan Valley in Ladakh early this week. As per the US intelligence sources, more than 35 Chinese soldiers were also killed during the clash.
However, the United States has accused China of escalating border tension with Indian and the other neighbors by trying to take benefit of these countries' busy fighting coronavirus pandemic.
"The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarizing the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a major speech on China a day earlier.
In his virtual address on ''Europe and the China Challenge'' during the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Friday, Pompeo described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a "rogue actor."
On June 2 during a phone call that Trump had with PM Modi, they did discuss the situation on the Indo-China border, said McEnany.
"Trump and (PM) Modi have a terrific relationship and trust between them," Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee said, adding that the statements coming from the White House, the State Department and the US Embassy in New Delhi are reflective of this.
Texas Congressman coming out in support of India, Lance Gooden said that China cannot be trusted.
"As more news comes out about the deadly conflict between China and India, once again CHINA appears to be an aggressive bad actor," the Republican Congressman said.
"The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) cannot be taken at their word, EVER," Gooden said in a tweet.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor said that "on land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962".
Also, US experts feel that the latest Chinese behavior will swing India towards China.
"Even before the latest flareup, a majority of Indian strategists saw Chinese assertiveness as India''s biggest foreign-policy challenge. This has resulted in an unspoken but unmistakable swing toward the US," Jeff Smith from The Heritage Foundation think tank said.
"The bullying of US partners and allies needs to come at a cost," Smith said in a tweet.