NEW DELHI: As US secretary of state Mike Pompeo engaged with top Indian officials during the 2+2 dialogue, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi has urged the US to stop meddling in China-India border issues and rejected anti-China comments made by US Secretary State Michael Pompeo during Tuesday’s India-US Ministerial Dialogue.
After Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper held talks with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, Pompeo made harsh comments against China, claiming the country is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency or freedom of navigation.Pompeo also said that the US “will stand with India as they confront threats to their sovereignty, liberty.”
The Chinese Embassy in a long statement said the development of bilateral ties between countries should not “infringe upon legitimate rights and interests of a third party” and should be conducive to regional peace, stability and development.
The Chinese embassy said the US officials repeated old lies, attacked and made allegations against China, violated the norms of international relations and basic principles of diplomacy, and harmed China’s relations with other countries in the region, which once again exposed their Cold War mentality and ideological bias.
Pompeo also paid his condolences to the families of the Indian soldiers who were killed during the recent conflict with China at the border, a gesture aimed at hyping up anti-China sentiment among Indians and support India in its border spat with China.
The Chinese embassy made a strong statement on the US trying to meddle in the border tensions, saying the boundary question is a bilateral matter between China and India.
The two sides have been discussing disengagement and de-escalation in the border areas through diplomatic and military channels.“China and India have the wisdom and ability to handle their differences properly. There’s no space for a third party to intervene.”
China resolutely opposes the action of engaging in unilateralism and bullying. By hyping up the so-called “China threat,” the US is in fact making up a pretext for maintaining its global hegemony and containing China’s development, the Chinese embassy said.
China also accused the US of pitching an Indo-Pacific strategy to maintain its dominance. “The ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ proposed by the US is to stir up confrontation among different groups and blocs and to stoke geopolitical competition, in a bid to maintain the dominance of the US, organize closed and exclusive ideological cliques,” its statement said.
Beijing hit out at what it called the “behaviour of engaging in unilateralism and bullying” and added: “By hyping up the so-called ‘China threat’, the US is in fact making pretexts for maintaining its global hegemony and containing China’s development.”
It also said,”We urge the US side to respect facts and truth, abandon the cold war and the ‘zero-sum’ mentality, stop hyping the so-called “China –threat” and stop the wrong actions that undermine the regional peace and stability.