China says United States bullying countries to pick sides

  • China says United States bullying countries to pick sides

China says United States bullying countries to pick sides

"On tension in eastern Ladakh that peaked in June this year in a clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unspecified number of Chinese casualties, the United States said, "'We as a government are covering the situation in the Himalayas closely and understandably.

"We're looking forward to strengthening critical relationships with our friends and partners, emphasising our deep commitment to the Indo-Pacific and advancing our vision for long-term partnership and prosperity in the region", said Dean Thompson, principal deputy assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. In addition, New Delhi also said on Thursday that they will also be meeting National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval apart from jointly calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Earlier two meetings were also held towards the end of year".

Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Esper will arrive on October 26 and meet with their counterparts External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh the next day.

"There is great further potential in our defence cooperation", an Indian official said.

The MEA denied that the timing of the visit of senior US officials exactly one week before USA elections on November 3, was unusual, and said it followed the pattern of "2+2" meetings in previous years.

"We encourage Sri Lanka to review the options we offer for transparent and sustainable economic development in contrast to discriminatory and opaque practices", said Thompson.

India is closing in on an agreement with the United States that will give it access to satellite data for better accuracy of missiles and drones, government and industry officials said, as it tries to narrow the gap with the powerful Chinese military.

Similar efforts are underway to push back against Chinese influence in the Maldives, another set of tropical islands that lie on key shipping lanes.

'We have had an ongoing dialogue with the Indians about the increased cooperation in Southeast Asia, not just the South China Sea.

Taiwan, which China says is a renegade province, also claims large parts of the South China Sea.

Washington asked Indonesia in July and August to grant landing and refuelling rights to its P-8 surveillance planes, which monitor Chinese military activity in the resource-rich waterway.

Trump has blamed China for mishandling the spread of the coronavirus which has killed 221,000 people in the United States and more than 1.1 million globally.