Joe Biden blasts China’s ‘attempts to intimidate’ India in stark warning to Beijing

Emily J Horne, spokeswoman for the National Security Council (NSC) of the White House, said the President is closely monitoring the situation. She also asserted the US will stand with India against aggression, and will work with New Delhi to advance shared values in the Indo-Pacific.

Speaking to news outlet PTI, Ms Horne reiterated Washington’s support in response to a question about China’s aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

She said: “We are closely monitoring the situation. We note the ongoing talks between the governments of India and China and continue to support a direct dialogue and a peaceful resolution to border disputes.

“The United States is concerned by Beijing’s pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours.

“We will stand with friends, partners and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security and values in the Indo-Pacific region.”

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Ned Price, spokesman for Mr Biden’s US State Department, stated Washington wants to be “in lockstep” with its allies and partners before engaging with China.

He added it was “no coincidence” Mr Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken initially interacted with European and Indo-Pacific leaders, and noted “we see our alliances, our partnerships globally as again this force multiplier across a wide range of challenges, and that includes in our relationship with Beijing”.

The spokesman then said: “We know that China is engaged in a range of conduct that hurts American workers. It blunts our technological edge. It threatens our alliances and influence international organizations.

“And China has engaged in gross human rights violations that shock the conscience. So we will counter China’s aggressive and coercive actions, sustain our key military advantages, defend democratic values, invest in advanced technologies and restore are vital security partnerships.”

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Under Donald Trump, the US provided “strong and unambiguous support” to India during their clashes with China, according to Lisa Curtis, former Senior Director for South and Central Asia on the NSC at the White House.

Speaking to a virtual panel discussion organised by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think-tank, she said: “Whether it was cutting off Vietnam’s access to its fishing waters, undermining Hong Kong self-rule, deploying military submarines to threaten Japan or contesting Indian territorial sovereignty along the LAC, Beijing has engaged in increasingly aggressive behaviour throughout the Indo-Pacific, even as the global community has grappled with coronavirus pandemic.

“Throughout the crisis, the US has provided strong and unambiguous support for India, and our cooperation has certainly grown closer.

“We are encouraged by India’s strong yet responsible approach to the Chinese aggression.”

China has warned the US not to get involved in their disputes with India.

Sun Weidong, China’s ambassador to India, cautioned Washington on Twitter after Beijing “noticed some remarks” by the US about the situation.

He said on Twitter: “We have noticed recent remarks with reference to China by the US side.

“We firmly oppose any third party meddling in China-India border issue and hope the US relations with others not target any specific country.”