Two US senators, Republican Bill Haggerty and Democrat Jeff Merkley, on Tuesday moved a month-old resolution reiterating America’s recognition of Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India.
The resolution confirms that Washington recognizes the McMahon Line north of Arunachal Pradesh as the international border between China and India, and pushes back against Beijing’s claims that Arunachal Pradesh is Chinese territory, which they say are part of the PRC’s increasingly aggressive and expansionist. policies.
Senator Haggerty said, “At a time when China continues to pose serious and serious threats to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, it is important for the United States to continue to support its strategic partners in the region – especially India. Stand shoulder to shoulder together.” in a statement on Tuesday.
“This bipartisan resolution expresses the Senate’s support for unequivocally recognizing the state of Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India, condemns China’s military aggression to alter the status quo along the Line of Actual Control, and Further enhancing the US-India strategic partnership and in support of the Quad Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
Senator Merkley said the resolution not only recognizes Arunachal Pradesh as part of India, but “commits the US to deepen support and assistance for the region alongside like-minded international partners and donors” “
The senators’ resolution also condemned additional Chinese provocations, including the use of military force to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control, construction of villages in disputed areas, publication of maps with Mandarin-language names for cities, and Arunachal Pradesh. The specialty is included in the region. , and the expansion of PRC territorial claims into Bhutan.
The resolution commends New Delhi for taking steps to defend itself against aggression and security threats from China, including securing India’s telecommunications infrastructure; examining its procurement processes and supply chains; implementing investment screening standards; and expanding its cooperation with Taiwan in public health and other areas.
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The resolution, and the sentiment behind it, marks a stark change in relations between the US and India from 30 years ago, when Washington and its lawmakers largely ignored matters related to India’s territorial integrity, including Jammu and Kashmir. going to the extent of accepting it as a disputed issue. ,
Although first presented in mid-February, lawmakers shelved the China-India resolution on Tuesday, even as about forty senators co-sponsored a separate bipartisan resolution seeking to reduce dissent in Hong Kong. A strong response from the US government to any Chinese efforts to do so was urged. including the use of restraints and other equipment.
The Washington establishment has launched a mission to draft New Delhi – which is scrambling to join formal alliances – in its escalating confrontation with Russia and China. After Beijing shocked the US and Western NATO powers last week by mediating a peace deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Biden administration brought the United Kingdom and Australia together in a deal that could arm Australia with nuclear-powered attack submarines. China would equip China with China, an agreement that China said would lead it down a “path of error and danger.”
India has been particularly cautious in reacting to both the developments.