Bipartisan support in the United States grows for India against Chinese aggression
WASHINGTON: India received a strong bipartisan support of members of the United States Congress against the recent Chinese military aggression in Ladakh.
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter clash in various areas along the Current Control Line (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May 5. The situation deteriorated after clashes on June 15 in the Galwan Valley in which 20 members of the Indian army were killed and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers died.
In recent weeks, dozens of lawmakers across the aisle, both on the floor of the House of Representatives and in the Senate and outside the Capitol, have praised India for standing firm against Chinese efforts to seize Indian territories.
“I call on China to end its military aggression. This conflict should only be resolved by peaceful means,” Congressman Frank Pallone, one of the most Democratic lawmakers, said on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, joining others. legislators condemning the recent Chinese aggression across LAC in the Indian region of Ladakh.
A staunch supporter of the relationship between India and the United States, Pallone, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and the American Indian, has been a member of the United States Congress since 1988.
At a time when there is a bitter political divide in Washington, DC, influential lawmakers from both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party have been supporting the Indians’ position against China.
“In the months leading up to this confrontation, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) army reportedly racked up 5,000 soldiers along this boundary and that clearly meant redrawing the forcibly resettled borders and aggression, “said Pallone.
Support for India against China has come in the form of tweets, public speeches, House and Senate floor, letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and resolutions congressional. Several lawmakers also called on Sandhu to express their outrage against China.
A day earlier, Sandhu received a call from Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado to express his condolences for the loss of life of Indian soldiers in LAC.
“The relationship between the United States and India is broad, deep, and growing, and we discuss how vital cooperation is between our nations to counter the common challenges and aggression in the region and to maintain a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific“said Gardner, who is also chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia.
Sandhu, who has met with top US lawmakers almost daily, has received multiple congressmen and senators expressing strong support for India against China.
“India has made it clear that Beijing will not harass it,” said Senator Marco Rubio after his call to Sandhu.
Senator Rick Scott, weeks ago, wrote to Prime Minister Modi to congratulate him on his fight against Chinese aggression.
“As long as they stand firm against Communist China and the Secretary General of the Communist Party Xi, I want to offer aid in any way I can to the Republic of India, the largest in the world. democracy And our ally the United States will always defend our allies and those who fight for freedom. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything you need in this fight, “Scott said.
Congressmen George Holding and Brad Sherman, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and the American Indian, along with several other lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna, wrote a letter to Sandhu to express your extreme disappointment at the events that took place in the Galwan Valley.
They said that in recent months, the Chinese authorities have been acting with impunity and have tried to transgress LAC.
“We are disappointed that China has been acting in contradiction to its agreements with India, in its attempt to change the status quo and challenge Indian troops at the border,” the congressmen wrote.
Chaired by Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and co-sponsored by several others, including Ro Khanna, Frank Pallone, Tom Suozzi, Ted Yoho, George Holding, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Haley Stevens and Steve Chabot, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which says that China should work to reduce the situation throughout LAC with India through existing diplomatic mechanisms and not through force.
Another NDAA amendment, proposed by Congressman Chabot along with Indian-American legislator Ami Bera, said that India and China should work to reduce the situation throughout LAC. The amendment expresses its concern about China’s increasing territorial assertiveness.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate alleged that, for the sake of land grabbing, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations entered war in 1962.
“I am extremely concerned about ongoing Chinese aggression throughout LAC,” said Congressman Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“China is demonstrating once again that it is ready to intimidate its neighbors rather than resolve conflicts according to international law,” he said.
“China has resumed its underwater intrusions into contiguous Japanese areas and waged deadly fights with India at high altitude,” said Senator Tom Cotton.