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Pompeo calls China's actions on the border with India in Ladakh unacceptable


Pompeo calls China's actions on the border with India in Ladakh unacceptable

US Secretary of State is confident that Washington and New Delhi will be able to protect their interests through joint efforts.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo considers China's actions on the border with India in Ladakh unacceptable. He announced this on Wednesday via teleconference at an American-Indian Business Council event.

China's steps on the line of de facto control in Ladakh are a fresh example of Beijing's "unacceptable behavior", the US foreign minister said. "I am confident that we [the US and India] can protect our interests through our joint efforts," said Pompeo. His statements are quoted by the Reuters news agency . The US Secretary of State was on a visit to Copenhagen on Wednesday.

The situation in Ladakh has escalated after clashes with some 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers in early May. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. On the night of June 15-16, in the area of ​​the Galvan River on the allied territory of Ladakh, new clashes occurred between the Indian and Chinese military. According to Indian army sources, no firearms were used, but the parties used batons and nails. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 were injured. The Indian side claims that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or wounded in the clashes.

At present, India and China are gradually withdrawing their troops from the border in Ladakh.

In 1962, an armed border conflict broke out between India and China. Beijing is still making claims for 3.5 thousand square meters. km of the Indian border state of Arunachal Pradesh. New Delhi, in turn, believes that the PRC is "illegally occupying" more than 43 thousand square meters. km of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (in August 2019, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was abolished, in its place the government of India created two union territories: Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh).

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