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Washington keeps accusing China of orchestrating border clashes with India

US diplomat provocative statements aimed at pushing India to take tougher stance against China

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst…

The US is supporting India towards a military confrontation with China on their land border and in the Indian Ocean.  The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, who is about to retire from her State Department job at the end of May, has accused China of orchestrating border clashes with India to try and change the status quo. On May 20, Alice Wells, the leading U.S. diplomat in South Asia, spoke during an online discussion at the Atlantic Council, one of the largest U.S. research organizations, about the India-China border.

In a conversation with Richard Verma, who served as the U.S. ambassador to India for the 2014-2017 term, she pointed out the similarities between growing skirmishes in the Himalayas and Chinese actions in the South China Sea. Alice Wells called China’s activities on the border with India and in the South China Sea an ongoing effort to change the rules and the status quo. The U.S. diplomat spoke out against China’s actions, both in the South China Sea and on the border with India, as well as in the Indian Ocean. Wells said that China’s growing military presence on the border with India, where clashes were not uncommon, had become a cause of concern for New Delhi. According to her, the problem is becoming more serious as China strives to shirk responsibility and spread false information.

The U.S. has always advocated tensions between India and China. This is one of the tools to implement their Indo-Pacific Strategy, aimed at increasing influence in South Asia. Wells said China’s behaviour explains why “like-minded nations” are now “rallying” with each other under a handful of diplomatic groupings such as the ‘Trilateral’ (US, Japan and India) and the ‘Quadrilateral’ or ‘Quad’ (US, Japan, India and Australia).

Her statement is clearly in line with the current strategy of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to continue to discredit China’s reputation in the context of blaming it for the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. is conducting an anti-China campaign and is trying to draw all their global allies into these efforts.

However, despite U.S. support for New Delhi in the border dispute with China, Washington has not been able to incite India to take unilateral actions. In the context of coronavirus issues, even the Indian military recognized that it is now necessary to focus on health issues and the economy, and not border skirmishes. They are willing to accept the fact that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is redistributing forces and assets in favor of the civil sector.

China’s restraint and ability to gain mutual understanding with India does not allow the U.S. to achieve its strategic goal for an Indo-China confrontation. India appreciates independence and New Delhi probably does not want the U.S. to use India as a means of restraining or confronting China.

The Indo-Pacific Strategy is one of the most important foreign policy means of the Trump administration to pressurize China. In June 2017 there was a minor conflict between China and India on the Doklam Plateau, and in November of the same year, the U.S. proposed the concept of the Indo-Pacific Strategy at the APEC Conference in Vietnam. The gap between these two events is only a few months. It is no coincidence that many analysts believe that the Sino-Indian confrontation has influenced Trump to shape this strategy. China for now has maintained its restraint, seeking to gain mutual understanding with India, so Washington was still unable to achieve its strategic goals. The Trump administration relies heavily on provoking disputes to worsen conflicts between different countries and China. In this way Washington makes these countries strategically dependent on the US. However, the problem is that the U.S. strategy often clashes with India’s national interests and cultural traditions. But New Delhi does not want the U.S. to use India as a tool.

Well’s statement is provocative and this is evident in the context of the complex situation in the border disputes between China and India. Well’s words are even seen as American support for India’s territorial claims against China, which could make the situation on the Sino-Indian border more explosive and riskier, especially at a time when only this month there were two encounters involving dozens of soldiers from both sides.

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Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

USA: the nosy, aggressive brat, running around the block, spitting in everybody’s window. What an annoying, forever juvenile, never growing up nation!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 26, 2020

Agree 100%.

Haeul
Haeul
May 25, 2020

How very extraordinary! Will wonders never cease? The US accusing China and Russia? I simply cannot believe that!

Them, not you
Them, not you
Reply to  Haeul
May 25, 2020

J’accuse!

Oh, never mind. I forgot. Except for Latinos, most Americans barely speak one language.

Hmmm
Hmmm
May 25, 2020

Must’ve mistaken it for itself in Syria, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Venezuela, you name it – it’s been there, done that.

JOHN KRETSCHMANN
May 25, 2020

I think it’s amazing how people like to take a shot at the USA, and for what? there’s things that all countries do that may seem questionable,, but in the big pitcher thank god there is a USA, so better not open your window to scream abuse, the juvenile might just spit in your eye,,,

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  JOHN KRETSCHMANN
May 26, 2020

US not welcome anywhere, better stay away!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  JOHN KRETSCHMANN
May 26, 2020

For the most part it is the US that screams abuse and behaves like an adolescent brat with a major entitlement complex. The entire nation suffers from malignant narcissistic personality disorder.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
May 26, 2020

The “ugly (US) American” showing his ugly face, once more.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
May 26, 2020

That damnable nation should shut its mouth, mind its own business, stop meddling in other countries affairs, pack up its bases, and go back home and stay there. It would be a good thing if we never had to hear a squeak out of it ever again.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
May 26, 2020

Asking loud-mouthed US fools not to squeak is like asking the fat man to dance pirouettes on his toes. Squeaking comes to them naturally, they cannot help it. US twang sounds so ugly that you have to put Oropax in your ears.

peter mcloughlin
May 26, 2020

And the list of potential flash points for world war three keep growing.
https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  peter mcloughlin
May 29, 2020

The US government sees China as a strategic competitor and has declared that China is a rising threat to the global world order it fashioned after World War II. The US National Security Strategy states that China seeks to displace the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, expand the reaches of its state-driven economic model and reorder the region in its favour as the preeminent power. With that perspective in mind, the US will go to any length to stigmatize China and twists facts to suit its own preconceived notions of the truth which fly in the face of reality.

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