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“Boundary Question Bilateral,” Says China After US Backs India

China has said in a statement that the “boundary question is a bilateral matter” and there is “no space” for a third party to intervene. 

Rattled by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s vocal support to India ‘s efforts to defend its sovereignty, in reference to the developments between India and China at Ladakh border, China has said in a statement that the “boundary question is a bilateral matter” and there is “no space” for a third party to intervene.

“The US will stand with India in its efforts to defend its sovereignty and its liberty… Our nations are committed to working together into expanding our partnerships across many fronts,” Mr Pompeo had said, after he discussed Ladakh confrontation with NSA Ajit Doval in a meeting.

The development of bilateral ties between countries should not “infringe upon legitimate rights and interests of a third party” and should be conducive to regional peace, stability and development, Beijing said.

“The boundary question is a bilateral matter between China and India. The two sides have been discussing disengagement and deescalation in the border areas through diplomatic and military channels. China and India have the wisdom and ability to handle their differences properly. There’s no space for a third party to intervene,” Chinese Embassy said in a statement.

Accusing the US of pitching an Indo-Pacific strategy to maintain its dominance, China said: “The ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ proposed by the US is to stir up confrontation among different groups and blocs and to stoke geopolitical competition, in a bid to maintain the dominance of the US, organize closed and exclusive ideological cliques.”

In its attack, China called it the “behavior of engaging in unilateralism and bullying” and added: “By hyping up the so-called ‘China threat’, the US is in fact making pretexts for maintaining its global hegemony and containing China’s development.”

On Monday, Mr Pompeo along with Defence Secretary Mark T Esper arrived in India for the third edition of the US-India 2+2 dialogue.

 

 

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