A bipartisan group of two powerful American senators on Thursday introduced a resolution in the Senate condemning China’s aggression towards India to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control between the two Asian giants.
The resolution by Senator John Cornyn, who is the Republican Senate Majority Whip, and Senator Mark Warner, who is ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, follows instances of Chinese military forces harassing Indian patrols as well as increased troop deployments and infrastructure construction in contested areas. Cornyn and Warner are Co-Chairs of the Senate India Caucus.
“As a co-founder of the Senate India Caucus, I know firsthand the importance of a strong relationship between the United States and India,” Cornyn said.
“I commend India’s commitment to standing up to China and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. It is more important than ever that we support our Indian partners as they defend against Chinese aggression.”
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May 5. The situation deteriorated after the June 15 Galwan Valley clashes in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers died.