Washington: US Defense Minister Mark Asper said on Tuesday that the US is ‘closely monitoring’ the situation between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Espar described the offensive activities of the China Army as ‘destabilizing’ the region. Referring to US-India military cooperation, he also said that America’s relationship with India is one of the most important defense relations of the 21st century. The US defense minister said this while addressing a security seminar amidst Chinese military aggression in East Ladakh and South China Sea again.
In response to a question asked on the tension between the two countries, Esper said, ‘We are closely monitoring the situation between India and China, what is happening on the Line of Actual Control and we are good at seeing it It seemed that both sides are trying to reduce tension.
Describing the activities of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the region as ‘destabilizing’, he said that he was ‘continuing his aggressive behavior in the East and South China Sea’.
India and US Navy exercises
Amid India’s border dispute with China, a US Navy raid fleet led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz conducted a military exercise on Monday with Indian warships near the coast of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Officials in New Delhi said that four Indian Navy warships took part in this exercise.
The USS Nimitz is the largest war vessel in the world. The exercise between the navies of the two countries (India and the US) matters after the tension between India and China in East Ladakh increases.
Asper said that the joint exercise in the Indian Ocean demonstrates the growing cooperation between the navies of India and the US.
He said, ‘I want to mention the growing defense cooperation with India. It is one of the most important defense relations of the 21st century. We had our first joint military exercise in November last year. As I said today, the USS Nimitz is conducting a joint exercise with the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean, it demonstrates our shared commitment to strong naval cooperation and supports the free and open Indo-Pacific region. ‘
He said, ‘Our aircraft carriers are in the South China Sea and Indo-Pacific from the time of World War II. We will support the sovereignty of our friends and partners. Asper said, ‘We believe that no single nation should nor can he establish supremacy and we will continue to support our allies and partners for a prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific region.’
He also said on US-India defense cooperation, ‘We are continuing to increase our defense deal and expect 2 + 2 ministerial level talks later this year to progress on this. He said that the US is encouraging Indo-Pacific regions to expand their own inter-regional security relationship and network with like-minded partners.
Asper said, ‘For example, in the last few years Japan has provided boats to the Philippine, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bangladesh to strengthen their sea security. In June, Australia and India agreed to finalize an important logistical cooperation.
Asked how worried the US is about the nuclear crisis between India and Pakistan, Esper said that of course, when both countries have nuclear weapons and there is tension between them, America is keeping a close watch on it. . He said, ‘However, I do not see any indication that there will be a conflict between the two countries. But we are monitoring it, not only in this part of the world, but also in other parts.
Esper said that China’s illegal land grabbing and military exercises in and around the disputed South China Sea was against its commitments made in the 2002 declaration in the South China Sea. He said, “The Chinese Communist Party is engaged in breaking the rules.” He said that China has also rapidly expanded military and economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, which has caused concern in various countries in the region and even beyond.
Esper asked Chinese leaders to follow international rules and regulations. He said, “We hope that the CCP will change its ways, along with that we should also be ready for the alternative.” ”
It is noteworthy that relations between the US and China have reached their worst position in recent times regarding Beijing’s methods of dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic. China’s action against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang, China and Beijing’s imposition of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong has further intensified the war between the two countries.
(Input: agency language)