The statements by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki preceded the 14th round of military-level talks between India and China on the 20-month series in the East Ladakh.
Asked about China’s aggressive behavior on its border with India, and whether the topic came during US talks with China or Washington and sent a message to Beijing about this, Psaki said during his daily press conference on Monday that the US continues to monitor the situation closely. along the border between India and China.
“We continue to support dialogue and peaceful resolution of these border conflicts,” she said.
“We have been quite aware of how we view Beijing’s behavior in the region and around the world. We think it can be destabilizing. And we are concerned about the People’s Republic of China’s attempts to intimidate its neighbors.
“We will continue to stand with our partners on that,” Psaki claimed.
According to sources in the security establishment in New Delhi, the negotiations on the ‘Senior Supreme Military Commander Level’ between India and China will take place on January 12 at the meeting place Chushul-Moldo, on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
India is looking forward to a “constructive” dialogue with China to resolve issues in the remaining points of friction in eastern Ladakh, they said, adding that the main focus of the negotiations will be on withdrawal in the Hot Springs area.
The Indian side is expected to push for withdrawal as soon as possible in all the remaining points of friction, including resolving issues in Depsang Bulge and Demchok.
The 13th round of negotiations had taken place on October 10, 2021, and they ended in a stalemate.
Both sides failed to make any progress in the negotiations with the Indian Army, saying after the dialogue that the “constructive proposals” made by it were neither acceptable to the Chinese side nor could provide any “forward-looking” proposals.
In their virtual diplomatic negotiations on 18 November, India and China agreed to hold the 14th round of military negotiations at an early stage in order to achieve the goal of complete decoupling of the remaining points of friction in eastern Ladakh.
The eastern Ladakh border between the Indian and Chinese military broke out on 5 May 2020 following a violent clash in Pangong lake areas.
As a result of a series of military and diplomatic negotiations, the two sides completed the withdrawal process last year on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area.
Each side currently has about 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive sector.
India, the United States and several other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific in the wake of China’s growing military maneuver in the resource-rich region.
China claims almost the entire disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.
The United States maintains that it will support its regional allies in the defense of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
America has periodically sent its naval and air patrols through the South China Sea, challenged China’s demands for sovereignty over the area, and also asserted the freedom to sail.
The United States says it seeks to maintain peace and stability, maintain freedom of the sea in a manner consistent with international law, maintain the unimpeded flow of trade, and oppose any attempt to use force or coercion to settle disputes.