US lawmaker Ted Yoho has said that China’s aggression in eastern Ladakh is part of its large-scale military provocations against its neighbors and the US will not stand for “unprovoked, premeditated military action” for intimidating peaceful nations into submission.
“China’s actions towards India fall in line with a larger trend of the Communist Party of China using the confusion of the COVID-19 pandemic as a cover to launch large scale military provocations against its neighbours in the region, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam,” Yoho said.
He asserted that now is the time for the world to come together and tell China that enough is enough.
In a tweet, the Republican lawmaker said that the US will not stand for “unprovoked, premeditated military action for the purpose of antagonising and intimidating peaceful nations into submission”.
Earlier, Congressman Dr Ami Bera, the longest serving Indian-American lawmaker in the House of Representatives, also expressed concern over the Chinese aggression along its India border.
“I encourage China to use its longstanding diplomatic mechanisms with India to deescalate the situation rather than force to settle boundary issues,” Dr Bera said in a Twitter post.
As the Chair of the House Foreign Subcommittee on Asia, Bera said that he is “concerned by the continued Chinese aggression along its border” with India.
“While this is a matter between China and India, it is my view that increasing military forces on either side of the Line of Actual Control will be counterproductive and unhelpful,” he said.
The Indian and Chinese militaries have been engaged in a border standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh.
However, after weeks of border standoff and the death of 20 Indian oldiers in a brutal clash between the two sides in Galwan valley on June 15, the situation along the western sector of the disputed Sino-India border is reportedly improving.
China on July 9 said that both the countries’ troops have taken “effective measures” to disengage at the Galwan Valley and other areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and the situation is “stable and improving,” days after the two sides agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of soldiers from all the standoff points.