US Defence Secretary Mark Esper Says Monitoring Situation Between India, China Very Closely

He said that US relationship with India is “one of the all-important of the 21st century”.(FILE)

Washington:

Describing the Chinese military’s activities in the region as “destabilising”, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper on Tuesday said America was “very closely” monitoring the situation between India and China along the Line of Actual Control.

Mr Esper made the remarks while addressing a virtual security seminar amid China’s renewed military assertiveness in eastern Ladakh as well as in the South China Sea.

“We are obviously monitoring the situation between India and China very closely, what’s happening along the Line of Actual Control and we are very pleased to see both sides are trying to de-escalate the situation,” Mr Esper said in response to a question on the tension between the two countries.

Asserting that the People’s Liberation Army activities in the region are “destabilising”, he said that it “continues its aggressive behavior in the East and South China Seas.”

Mr Esper also said that America’s relationship with India is “one of the all-important defence relationships of the 21st century”.

In the midst of India’s border row with China, a US Navy carrier strike group led by nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz carried out a military drill with a fleet of Indian warships off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Monday.

Four frontline warships of the Indian Navy participated in the “PASSEX” exercise when the US carrier strike group was…

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