International strain continues to construct on China over points from Hong Kong, Xinjiang, South China Sea to scrub automation. The Australian High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday and issued an announcement saying that Australia stays deeply involved about actions in South China Sea that “are destabilising and could provoke escalation”. He additionally added that Australia had lodged a observe with the UN Secretary General “refuting China’s unlawful maritime claims in South China Sea”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo additionally confirmed the identical, saying, “In the Indo-Pacific, Australia declared China’s South China Sea claims unlawful and illegitimate, as we have.” He additionally added that US had stepped up “maritime manoeuvres in the body of water alongside our friends from Australia and Japan and United Kingdom”.
Pompeo was talking earlier than the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the place he added that India had banned “106 Chinese applications that threatened its citizens’ privacy and security”. He stated, “Our diplomatic efforts are working and momentum is building to mitigate the threats that the Chinese Communist party presents.”
Back in Delhi, O’Farrel additionally instructed Jaishankar that “Australia opposes any attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo,” whereas talking concerning the rigidity alongside the Line of Actual Control. These developments happened even because the Chinese Ambassador to India issued a veiled warning that China is not going to permit interference in its “internal affairs”, whereas talking at a lecture on the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi.
Ambassador Sun Weidong stated it worries him that there’s a suggestion being made in India to “adjust its policy towards China, and change its stance on issues related to Taiwan, Xizang, Hong Kong and the South China Sea to put pressure on China”. He was talking within the context of the strain on the Line of Actual Control and the general public discourse to counter it by numerous means.
Meanwhile, India on record refuted China’s declare that disengagement had occurred on most areas on the LAC. Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs stated, “There has been some progress made towards this objective but the disengagement process has yet not been completed. The senior commanders of the two sides will be meeting in the near future to work out steps in this regard.”
However, whereas talking at ICS, the Chinese Ambassador not simply continued to push Beijing’s narrative of what led to the violent Galwan Valley face-off however as soon as once more appeared to be making a declare over the India territory of Galwan Valley by saying that, “China has never claimed any land outside its own territory”. In reality, on the problem of Pangong Lake the place the disengagement course of has turned out to be difficult, he went a step additional, saying China’s conventional customary boundary line is in accordance with the LAC on the northern facet of the lake. He stated there isn’t any such case as China having expanded its declare.