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“No space for third party”: US support for India rattles China

Prime News, National and International, Defence, New Delhi, October 28:- China, rattled by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s strong support for India’s efforts to defend its sovereignty – a reference to the military stand-off in Ladakh – has said in a statement that the “boundary question is a bilateral matter” and there is “no space” for a third party to intervene.

Mike Pompeo had said Tuesday that the US “will stand with India as they confront threats to their sovereignty, liberty.”

After talks with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, in which the Ladakh confrontation was discussed, Pompeo had said: “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.”

Beijing said 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.”

“The boundary question is a bilateral matter between China and India. The two sides have been discussing disengagement and de-escalation 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,” said a statement released by the Chinese Embassy.

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

Beijing hit out at what it called the “behaviour 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.”

Pompeo arrived in India on Monday along with Defence Secretary Mark T Esper for the third edition of the US-India 2+2 dialogue. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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