The United States Congress officially passed the $ 740 billion defense policy bill, which among other things includes calling for Chinese aggression against India along the effective line of control (LAC).
The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday, which included key components of Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s language of resolution urging the Chinese government to end its military aggression. against India along the LAC.
China and India have been stuck in a military stalemate along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May this year. Several rounds of talks between the two countries to resolve the stalemate have not produced any concrete results.
The House and Senate versions of the bill were reconciled by a bipartisan committee of the Congress Conference earlier this month.
The inclusion of this provision, which Krishnamoorthi spearheaded as an amendment when the bill passed the House, reflects the U.S. government’s strong support for its allies and partners such as India in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
Raja Krishnamoorthi’s provision, which passed every chamber with overwhelming bipartisan support, will become law if President Donald Trump signs it.
Donald Trump has threatened to veto the bill as it lacks the repeal of legal protections for social media companies. However, the NDAA has been passed by Congress for the past 59 years.
Violent aggression is rarely the answer, and this is especially true of the effective line of control, which is the disputed border region that separates the People’s Republic of China from India, Raja Krishnamoorthi said.
By including my resolution language in the NDAA and signing that legislation into law, the US government will send a clear message that India’s Chinese military provocations will not be tolerated, he said.
“The United States is committed to staying with our allies and partners such as India in resolving the border standoff by diplomatic means,” Krishnamoorthi said.
As endorsed by the conference report, the powerful NDAA says it is Congress’ sense of China’s aggression along the border with India and its growing territorial claims.
The Senate agreed to include the provisions of the House-approved bill in its version of the bill.
The House bill contained provisions that would express Congress’ sense of China-India cross-border violence and Beijing’s growing territorial claims.
Expressing “significant concern” about China’s continued military aggression along the border with India, the NDAA says China “should work with” India to reduce the situation along the effective line of control through existing diplomatic mechanisms and refrain from attempting to resolve disputes by coercion or force.
China’s attempts to make unfounded territorial claims, including those in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Bhutan, are destabilizing and inconsistent with international law, the bill says.
China is also engaged in highly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims.
Beijing has built and militarized many of the islands and coral reefs it controls in the region. Both areas are claimed to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also vital for global trade.
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