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China has hardened its stand on border issue with India says United States

China is continuing to harden its position along the borders with India, US Defence Secretary Lloyd James Austin said  stressing that America stands by its friends as they uphold their rights as Beijing adopts the "war coercive" and "aggressive approach" to its territorial claims.

China is taking aggressive and illegal approaches to the territories

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Austin noted that China is taking aggressive and illegal approaches to the territories it claims in the South China Sea and advancing its illegal maritime plans. "Further to the West, we see Beijing continuing to harden the position along the borders it shares with India," he said. The Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a tense border standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, when a violent clash between the two sides erupted in the Pangong lake area.

China has also been building bridges and constructing other infrastructure such as roads and residential units in the border areas with India. China also has maritime border disputes with various countries in the Indo-Pacific region such as Vietnam and Japan. "We remain unwavering in our mutual defense commitments," Austin assured.

Mr.Austin told the defense delegates at the Singapore dialogue the importance of joint exercises conducted by the USS Theodore Roosevelt with the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force in the Indian Ocean last spring.

Stressing that the US remains open and fully prepared to deter and defeat future aggression, he said, "We also stand by our friends as they uphold their rights that is especially important as the People's Republic of China adopts the war coercive and aggressive approach to its territorial claims."

He said the US believes that India's "growing military capability and technological prowess can be a stabilizing force in the region. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China's rising military manoeuvring in the resource-rich region.

China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it
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