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US Defence Secretary Austin: China is hardening its positions along LAC

US Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin says, “We (America) are seeing (China) vessels plunder the region’s provisions, operating illegally within the territorial waters of other Indo-Pacific countries”

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 2020. It’s been 2 years and multiple rounds of talks had been held between the military personnel. 

Now, China is trying to harden its position along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Which provides like construction of infrastructures such as roads and residential units and building a bridge is involved along the border area with India.

The area in Askai Chin administered by China was taken under control in 1962 in the Sino-Indian War after which China never withdrew from the gained area. So, these developments are practically taking place on Indian Land.

He added that “In the East China Sea, China’s expanding fishing fleet is sparking tensions with its neighbours. In the South China Sea, China is using outposts on man-made islands bristling with advanced weaponry to advance its illegal maritime claims,” 

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“We are seeing vessels plunder the region’s provisions, operating illegally within the territorial waters of other Indo-Pacific countries.”

Speaking of India, he said as a partner of the USA in the region the latest developments China can be stabilising forces, considering china’s growing military and tech capability.

He also focused on the Chinese intrusion into the Taiwanese Air Security Zone. Austin claimed that the USA is working closely with friends and competitors to guard against conflict.

Austin said Americans have fully open lines of communication with the Chinese side to ensure that miscalculations are avoided.

China already has responded that the “Some USA Officials have pointed fingers and sought to fan the flame and drive a wedge between the two countries.”

While on Saturday Defence Minister of China Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore says, “We will fight at all costs, and we will fight to the very end. This is the only choice for China”

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