Blaming China’s aggressive territorial expansion agenda as the trigger for the bloody Galwan Valley skirmish which led to the death of 20 bravehearts of the Indian Army, the United States has stood firmly by India in these trying times.
Offering condolences to the departed soldiers, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to Twitter to say US will remember the soldiers’ families, loved ones and communities as they grieve.
We extend our deepest condolences to the people of India for the lives lost as a result of the recent confrontation with China. We will remember the soldiers’ families, loved ones, and communities as they grieve.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 19, 2020
Earlier, top American senator Mitch McConnell while delivering a foreign policy speech on the floor of the House said, “On land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962.”
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Accusing China of threatening the interests of the United State and its allies, he added, “Needless to say, the rest of the world has watched with grave concern this violent exchange between two nuclear states. We are encouraging de-escalation and hoping for peace. But the world could not have received a clearer reminder that People’s Republic of China is dead-set on brutalizing people within their own borders, challenging and remaking the international order anew in their image to include literally redrawing the world map.”
White House also reaffirmed its solidarity with India. During the press briefing today, White House offered its condolences to the Indian soldiers martyred in the line of duty at Galwan Valley and said that President Trump and Prime Minister Modi had discussed the situation emerging at the India-China border on June 2 when they spoke over phone.