Washington: In its first reaction to the India-China border deadlock, the Biden administration has expressed concern over Beijing’s ongoing efforts to “intimidate” its neighbours, saying it is closely monitoring the situation.
A top official of the new Biden administration also claimed that the US would stand with its allies to advance their shared values in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.
National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Emily J. Horne said, “We are closely monitoring the situation. We note the ongoing dialogue between the governments of India and China and a direct dialogue and peaceful resolution for border disputes.” Want to continue. ” White House on Monday.
She was answering a question on recent Chinese attempts to infiltrate and occupy Indian territories.
“The United States is concerned with Beijing’s pattern of ongoing efforts to intimidate its neighbors,” Horn said.
“We will stand with friends, partners and partners in the Indo-Pacific region to advance our shared prosperity, security and values,” he said.
This is the Biden administration’s first reaction to the Indo-China border conflict. A Democrat former vice president, Joe Biden, was inaugurated on January 20 as the 46th US president.
India and China have been locked in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5. The two countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic negotiations for a face-to-face solution, but no significant steps have been taken so far.
The emerging situation in the Indo-Pacific region has become a prominent feature among the major global powers in view of China’s growing military muscle. The US has been in favor of making the Quad a security architecture to test China’s growing assertiveness.
China is involved in hotly contested regional disputes in the South and East China Sea. Beijing has made substantial progress in the militarization of its man-made islands over the years.
Beijing claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. But Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counterarguments. In the East China Sea, China has territorial disputes with Japan.
The South China Sea and East China Sea are considered rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources.
They are also important for global trade. Although the US has not made any claims for disputed waters, it has challenged China’s growing territorial claims in the South China Sea to deploy warships and fighter jets and a plethora of patrols in the strategically important region.