In response to China’s strained relations and threats to many of its neighbours, the United States has stated that it will always stand by its allies. The United States has always advocated for direct dialogue and a peaceful resolution of the India-China border dispute.
This was stated by US State Department spokesman Ned Price. He was asked questions about China handing over the Winter Olympics torch to Chinese regiment commander Faibao, who was injured in the Indo-China conflict in Galwan Valley, during a regular press conference in Washington on Thursday.
We have already expressed our concern about Beijing’s pattern of intimidating our neighbouring countries, according to Ned Price. We support our allies and friends. In the Indo-Pacific region, we are committed to promoting our shared heritage, security, and values.
China has handed over a torch to a soldier involved in the Galwan Valley conflict, which India has objected to. India has asked its ambassador in Beijing not to attend the Olympics as a show of protest. The United States has already announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games.
This act by China is being viewed as a plot to discredit India. In the conflict in the Galvan Valley of Eastern Ladakh in 2020, India lost 20 military personnel and officers, while China’s People’s Liberation Army paid a high price.
Two US senators have also spoken out against Regimental Commander Qi Fabao receiving the torch. Senator Marco Rubio believes this is yet another provocative attempt by China to politicise the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. China has attempted to provoke by handing a torch to a soldier involved in the upcoming India-China conflict in 2020. Similarly, Senator Jim Rishch of the US State Department’s powerful committee tweeted that America will continue to support India in its efforts to protect its sovereignty.