A resolution has been introduced in the US Senate condemning Chinese aggression against India at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The resolution has been introduced by a bipartisan group of two powerful American senators.
The senators are Mark Warner, a ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and John Cornyn, the Republican Senate Majority Whip. Cornyn and Warner are Co-Chairs of the Senate India Caucus.
The resolution has been introduced following the Chinese military’s harassment of Indian patrol teams. Also, China has increased troop deployments and infrastructure construction in contested areas.
US-India relationship important
“As a co-founder of the Senate India Caucus, I know firsthand the importance of a strong relationship between the United States and India,” Cornyn said.
“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.”
Clash at Galwan Valley on June 15
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in several areas along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since May 5.
The situation deteriorated after the June 15 Galwan Valley clashes. Twenty Indian Army personnel were killed and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers died in the clashes.
China’s provocative actions
“The June 15 conflict between China and India, resulting in the deaths of approximately 20 Indian soldiers, should set off alarm bells regarding the People’s Republic of China’s provocative actions in disputed territory,” said Warner.
“This resolution condemns PRC’s actions to change the Line of Actual Control, especially in the midst of diplomatic negotiations between the two countries. It encourages the two nations to find a diplomatic resolution that restores the April 2020 status quo at the LAC,” he said.
The US has long enjoyed a partnership with India strengthened by shared democratic values, the resolution said.
“That partnership only becomes more important as we work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Warner said.
Conflict broke out after weeks of minor confrontations
In a joint press statement, the Senators said that the deadly conflict broke out on June 15, 2020, on the China-India border. It happened after weeks of minor military confrontations along the LAC. The LAC separates China and the Indian regions of Ladakh and Sikkim.
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