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(From left) US secretary of defence Mark Esper, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister  S. Jaishankar in  New  Delhi  on  Tuesday. (Photo: Reuters)
(From left) US secretary of defence Mark Esper, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister  S. Jaishankar in  New  Delhi  on  Tuesday. (Photo: Reuters)

''Cold war mentality and ideological bias'' of US exposed: China on Pompeo’s India visit

  • The comments were a reaction to US Secretaries of State and Defence, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper respectively, calling out China’s aggression against its neighbours in Asia as the world has been focussed on dealing with the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic spread

NEW DELHI : China on Wednesday slammed the US for what it called violation of “the norms of international relations and basic principles of diplomacy" and instigating countries against Beijing.

In a statement, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi said it exposed Washington’s “cold war mentality and ideological bias."

“The Chinese side expresses its firm opposition to it," the statement said.

The comments were a reaction to US Secretaries of State and Defence, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper respectively, calling out China’s aggression against its neighbours in Asia as the world has been focussed on dealing with the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic spread.

Pompeo in particular made a pointed reference to the 20 Indian soldiers killed in a clash with Chinese People’s liberation Army soldiers in Galwan in Ladakh in June and said that the US will stand with India. That Pompeo and Esper travelled to India for the India US 2+2 Talks in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic could be read as a show of US support to India when it is in the midst of military stand-off with China in Ladakh.

One of the key pacts signed during the visit of Pompeo and Esper was one that allows India to access satellite based real time intelligence on the positions and movements of hostile forces during any potential border conflict — a development that must have not gone unnoticed in Beijing.

Besides New Delhi Pompeo is traveling to Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia on a Asia trip seen as aimed at bolstering support against an aggressive China.

“It is known to all that China has been unswervingly committed to peaceful development and developed friendly cooperation with our neighbours based on mutual respect. China has always upheld multilateralism and remained committed to maintaining an international system with the United Nations at its core and an international order based on international law. China resolutely opposes behaviour of engaging in unilateralism and bullying. 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," the Chinese embassy statement said.

On Pompeo’s repeated reference to the “Chinese Communist Party" and what he called it’s aggressive and bullying tactics," the statement said: The leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is a choice of history and the people. This year, under the leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people have achieved strategic victory in fighting the virus. According to surveys conducted by international authoritative institutions, the Chinese people's satisfaction and trust toward the CPC-led Chinese government exceed 90 percent. Anyone who turns a blind eye to the fact that the CPC is endorsed and supported by the Chinese people or wantonly slanders the CPC is openly standing on the opposite side of the Chinese people."

On the military standoff with India, the embassy statement said it was a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Beijing.

“The boundary question is a bilateral matter between China and India. The two sides have been discussing disengagement and deescalation 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," the statement said.

The "Indo-Pacific strategy" also came in for criticism with the Chinese statement describing the move as an attempt by the US “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."

“The difficulties and challenges facing the world could only be coped with when all people join hands and pull together. Peaceful development and win-win cooperation are the only right path forward," it said.

The Indo-Pacific strategy and the “Quad" that groups together India, US, Japan and Australia are viewed by China as anti-Beijing constructs to stymie it.

On repeated references by US president Donald Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus" or “China virus," the Chinese statement said the US was trying to shift the blame onto China “which is indeed distorting facts to mislead the public."

“What China has done and achieved in our fight against the virus are open for all to see. We hope US politicians could focus on their own epidemic response and saving lives instead of shifting blame on others," it said.

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