Chinese actions along LAC, South China Sea ‘provocative’: Ex-US diplomat

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Washington: A former top US diplomat said Chinese actions along the border with India and those in the South China Sea are “provocative and destabilising”.

The Indian and Chinese armies have been locked in a bitter standoff at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for over eight weeks since May 5. The Galwan Valley clash has left 20 Indian Army personnel killed.

The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details. Both sides have held several rounds of diplomatic and military talks in the last few weeks to ease tension in the region.

The former US Ambassador to India Rich Verma told the media that China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

 

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