Friday, November 27, 2020


Japan on Friday backed India in the border standoff with China, saying it opposes any “unilateral attempt to change the status quo” on the LAC. Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki tweeted about his country’s support following a conversation with Indian foreign secretary Harsh Shringla. “Japan also hopes for peaceful resolution through dialogues.
Japan opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo,” he said in the tweet. The move was akin to Japan’s support to India during the 2017 Doklam stand-off with China. It came at a time when Japan is engaged in a row with China over Chinese vessels intruding
into its territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US unequivocally blamed Chinese “aggression” for the confrontation. Quoting President Donald Trump at a briefing, White House press secretary said, China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world and these actions only confirm the true
nature of the Chinese Communist Party. The US also welcomed India’s ban on Chinese apps, with secretary of state Mike Pompeo saying these apps “serve as appendages of the CCP’s surveillance state”.

French defence minister Florence Parly also conveyed “steadfast and friendly support” to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh in a letter on June 29, in which she expressed “deep solidarity” over the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent-face-off with Chinese troops along the LAC on June 15. The move comes at a time when the French Navy is
looking at ramping up joint exercises and patrols with the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean region.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison referred to the India-China standoff when he launched his country’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2024 Structure Plan. Morrison said, tensions over territorial claims are rising across the Indo-Pacific region, as we have seen recently on the disputed border between India and China, and the South China Sea, and the East China Sea.

Britain, which is having its own problems with China over a tough new security law for Hong Kong, said in reference to the India-China stand-off that “violence is in no one’s interest”.

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