Russia brings in new twist to Indo-China rivalry!
Galatta | Dec 10, 2020, 04:19 pm
Asian superpowers India and China have for long been having a difference of opinion over some border regions. However, the situation intensified this year with some issues on the border in the Ladakh region and it escalated into a dangerous skirmish between the armed forces of the two countries in June. In this skirmish, there were about 20 casualties on the Indian side and an unspecified number of casualties on the Chinese side. Ever since, there have been various levels of talks between India and China and the Foreign Ministers of both nations even met in Moscow, to discuss disengagement along the border region. However, none of these yielded any results and tensions only continued to rise with both India and China amassing troops and armaments along the Indo-China border.
Recently, an agreement was arrived at between India and China to disengage troops on the border and de-escalate the situation. Now, Russia has come up with a surprising theory behind the Indo-China border issue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed that Western Powers are indulged in an aggressive and devious policy to motivate India in anti-China games by promoting Indo-Pacific strategies. These claims come amidst the tense border standoff in the Ladakh region, looking to finally thaw between India and China. Lavrov went on to further claim that these same Western Powers are trying to undermine Russia's close partnership and privileged relationship with India!
Sergey Lavrov stated, "For instance, India is a matter of persistent, aggressive, devious policy, which tries to draw the country into anti-Chinese games, promoting so-called Indo-Pacific strategies and at the same time, Western policy tries to weaken our close partnership, strategic, privileged relations with Indians. There is a very tough pressure undertaken by Americans on New Delhi, concering (Indian) military technical cooperation with Russia." Lavrov made these statements at a general meeting of the state-run thinktank - Russian International Affairs Council. Meanwhile, the Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India's ties with China had significantly worsened after the Galwan Valley incident earlier this year, as there have been military casualties on the Indo-China border for the first time, since 1975! Stay tuned for updates...