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Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande with Commanding General United States Army Pacific of U.S. Army Pacific, General Charles A Flynn during a meeting, in New Delhi.

Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande with Commanding General United States Army Pacific of U.S. Army Pacific, General Charles A Flynn during a meeting, in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: -

Indo-China border tensions have drawn the world’s attention, since the Galwan Valley faceoff in 2020, but the U.S.’s recent remarks showed that other powers are more than spectators. The Chinese activity level in eastern Ladakh is “eye-opening” and some of the infrastructure being created in its Western Theatre Command is “alarming”, General Charles A. Flynn, Commander of U.S. Army Pacific, told media in New Delhi. Dinakar Peri and Suhasini Haidar tracked the statements.

His remarks prompted China to respond swiftly, with its Foreign Ministry accusing the U.S. officials of adding “fuel to the fire” and “pointing fingers” and termed it a “despicable act”.

However, U.S. appears to have remain vocal on the issue. Beijing continues to “harden its position” along the border that it shares with India, U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin said while stating that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopts a more “coercive and aggressive approach” to its territorial claims.

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