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Top US lawmaker slams Chinese ‘aggression’ against India

Washington: Calling China a bully, a top American lawmaker has slammed the dragon’s aggression against India, urging Beijing to “respect norms” and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border row.

“China is demonstrating once again that it is willing to bully its neighbors rather than resolve conflicts according to international law,” Eliot Engel, Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said.

Engel’s comments have come in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries of India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Hitting out at the Xi Jinping government, Engel said: “Countries must all abide by the same set of rules so that we don’t live in a world where ‘might makes right’. I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India,” Engel said in a statement.

Engel’s statement comes a day after China said that the overall situation at the border with India was “stable and controllable”, and both the countries have “unimpeded” communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultations.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a face-off along the de-facto border in Ladakh since early May, after Chinese troops intruded into Indian territory, Indian military officials say.

Despite talks spread over two decades, the two countries have not been able to settle their 3,500-km border and lay claim to large tracts of remote territory in each other’s possession.

The two nations fought a brief war in 1962 and were locked in a similar confrontation in Doklam, in the eastern Himalayas, that lasted nearly three months in 2017.

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