The Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday slammed US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper for their sharply worded attack on China, after the Indo-US 2+2 meeting on Tuesday, and said that the two “repeated old lies, attacked and made allegations against China, violated norms of international relations and basic principles of diplomacy, (and) instigated China’s relations with other countries in the region, which once again exposed their Cold War mentality and ideological bias.”
Expressing its firm opposition, the Chinese embassy said that the “Indo-Pacific strategy” proposed by the US is meant to “stir up 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”.
It said, “China has been advocating that development of bilateral relations between countries should be conducive to regional peace, stability and development, and not infringe upon the legitimate rights and interests of a third party. 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.”
The embassy stated, “We urge the US side to respect facts and truth, abandon the Cold War and the zero-sum mentality, stop hyping up the so-called ‘China threat’, and stop wrong actions that undermine regional peace and stability.”
On Tuesday, while Pompeo had said that Indian and US leaders and citizens see with “increasing clarity” that the Communist Party of China (CPC) is “no friend to democracy and rule of law”, Esper flagged the “increasing aggression and destabilising activities by China”.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, however, did not name China, but talked about “respecting” and “upholding” the “territorial integrity and sovereignty” of all States — a not-so veiled reference to Beijing’s belligerence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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