U.S. House of Representatives Passes Amendment Slamming Chinese Aggression in India
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
This week, on July 21st, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment to the National Defence Authorization Act, in wake of the skirmishes between the Indian and Chinese army on the Line of Actual Control. The amendment slammed China’s growing territorial assertion and was a serious indication of the importance that - the India-US defence relationship - holds for the United States. The same day, the United States Defence Secretary remarked that US is very closely monitoring the LAC and are happy that a process of de-escalation is underway.
This, however, isn’t the only step taken by the US towards stepping up their relations with India. US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on July 22nd. US and India are making strategic decisions in terms of military and intelligence collaboration to tackle the challenges of the LAC Standoff, a situation that arose almost eleven weeks ago, now.
The United States Congress further passed bipartisan legislation (sponsored by Indian American Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, urging China to peacefully de-escalate the situation with India. China’s aggression in and around disputed territories like the LAC, the Senkaku Islands or the South China Sea is of growing concern to the World Community, and the United States affirms in extending support to India and believes China can’t take advantage of the unprecedented situation of the coronavirus, to attempt at seizing undisputed territory.
Three weeks previously, India’s Foreign secretary Harsh V Shringla, briefed US, France, Germany, Russia and Japan about the LAC Standoff, as the Prime Minister made a statement about uniting against expansionism in times like those. Japan’s Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki, tweeted that Japan opposes any unilateral attempt to change the status quo. Throughout the LAC Standoff, India’s allies have stood firm against the expansionist and assertive aggression that the Chinese have been responsible for, as is clearly shown by the support received by US’s representatives.