As the tensions between India and China continue to rise on the border, Alice G Wells, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), said that the US stands with India in pushing back against constant Chinese probing of Indian sovereignty.
“External rebalancing is critical. At the end of the day, it will be the US that stands with India in pushing back against constant Chinese probing of Indian sovereignty. #USindia dosti #india,” Wells said in a post on Twitter.
This statement by Wells comes after the Chinese military started a build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May first week along with the Ladakh sector and Sikkim where they came to the Naku La area and had a face-off with the Indian troops there.
On May 27, US President Donald Trump had said that he is “ready, willing and able to mediate” between the two Asian neighbours.
To resolve the situation peacefully, the two countries had held military and diplomatic talks on June 6 between 14 Corps Chief Lt Gen Harinder Singh and Chinese Maj Gen Liu Lin at Moldo opposite Chushul.
After the first round of talks, Chinese and Indian Armies disengaged by going back by 2-2.5 km from their stand-off positions at Galwan Nala, PP-15 and Hot Springs.
However, on June 15, about 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a deadly clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. There were casualties on the Chinese side as well, though China has censured their numbers. US intelligence states 35 Chinese soldiers were killed.