US slams ‘rogue ac­tor’ China for at­tack on In­dian sol­diers

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WASH­ING­TON: US sec­re­tary of state Michael Pom­peo has blamed China for es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions along the bor­der with In­dia and called it a “rogue ac­tor” in the neigh­bour­hood, and in­di­cated he may have raised the dis­pute and other such flash­points in his meet­ing with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Yang Jiechi, ear­lier in the week.

“The PLA has es­ca­lated bor­der ten­sions – we see it today in In­dia, the world’s most pop­u­lar – pop­u­lous democ­racy,” Pom­peo said, re­fer­ring to the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, the Chi­nese mil­i­tary. “And we watch as it mil­i­tarises the South China Sea and il­le­gally claims more ter­ri­tory there, threat­en­ing vi­tal sea lanes, a prom­ise they broke again”.

WASH­ING­TON: US Sec­re­tary of State Michael Pom­peo has blamed China for es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions along the bor­der with In­dia and called it a “rogue ac­tor” in the neigh­bour­hood, and in­di­cated he may have raised the dis­pute and other such flash­points in his meet­ing with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Yang Jiechi, ear­lier in the week.

“The PLA has es­ca­lated bor­der ten­sions – we see it today in In­dia, the world’s most pop­u­lar – pop­u­lous democ­racy,” Pom­peo said re­fer­ring to the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, the Chi­nese mil­i­tary. “And we watch as it mil­i­tarises the South China Sea and il­le­gally claims more ter­ri­tory there, threat­en­ing vi­tal sea lanes, a prom­ise they broke again”

“But the CCP isn’t just a rogue ac­tor in its own neigh­bour­hood,” he added, re­fer­ring this time to the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party. “If it was, we might think dif­fer­ently about it. It im­pacts us all. “

The top US diplo­mat was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a vir­tual con­fer­ence of the Copen­hagen Democ­racy Sum­mit on Fri­day.

Pom­peo went on to say, “What I spent a good deal of my time speak­ing with Yang Jiechi about was the fun­da­men­tal idea that we’re just watch­ing ac­tions. It’s no longer enough to lis­ten to what the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party is say­ing. We can see their ac­tions. I ticked through a few of them: Hong Kong, Ti­bet, Xin­jiang, what they’re do­ing in In­dia, what they’ve done in the eco­nomic zones along the Philip­pines and Malaysia and In­done­sia and Viet­nam, the co­er­cion on Aus­tralia – when they had the au­dac­ity to de­mand that there would be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of how this virus got from Wuhan to Mi­lan, how this virus got from Wuhan to Tehran, how this virus got from Wuhan to Ok­la­homa City, and to Bel­gium and to Spain, and dec­i­mat­ing the global econ­omy.”

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