Washington: Lashing out at China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that it has deployed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border and termed it as “bad behaviour”.
The foreign ministers from the Indo-Pacific nations known as the QUAD group – the US, Japan, India and Australia – met in Tokyo on Tuesday. The meeting was held in the backdrop of increasing Chinese military aggression in the Indo-Pacific, South China Sea and along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Pompeo met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Tokyo on Tuesday and described his meeting with Jaishankar as “productive.”
After the meeting, Pompeo told The Guy Benson Show in an interview on Friday, “The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border.”
“I was with my foreign minister counterparts from India, Australia, and Japan – a format that we call the QUAD, four big democracies, four powerful economies, four nations, each of whom has real risk associated with the threats imposed, attempting to be imposed by the Chinese Communist Party. And they see it in their home countries too,” he said.
“They see, the people of their (Quad) nations understanding that we all slept on this for too long. For decades, the West allowed the Chinese Communist Party to walk all over us. The previous administration bent a knee, too often allowed China to steal our intellectual properties and the millions of jobs that came along with it. They see that in their country too,” he said in the interview.