Dialogues won’t persuade Beijing: US National Security Adviser warns

10th October 2020

10th October 2020

Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser of the US said China has "attempted to seize" control of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India "by force" as part of its territorial aggression while underlining that time has come to accept that dialogue and agreements will not persuade Beijing to change.

The relations between Beijing and New Delhi have strained due to the ongoing standoff of five-month-long in Ladakh's eastern part.

Despite a series of bilateral dialogues and military talks between the two nations to resolve the ongoing issue on the border, the matter has not been resolved yet.

Robert O'Brien in Utah said, "Chinese Communist Party's territorial aggression is also apparent on its Indian border where China has attempted to seize control of the Line of Actual Control by force."

China's territorial aggression is also true in the Taiwan Strait where the PLA (People's Liberation Army) Navy and Air Force continue to conduct threatening military drills, said O'Brien.

He said, "Beijing's signature international development programme, One Belt One Road (OBOR), involves impoverished companies taking on opaque and unsustainable Chinese loans to pay Chinese firms employing Chinese labourers to build their infrastructure."

the US National Security Adviser said, many of these projects are unnecessary, shoddily built and are "white elephants."

Brien said, "And now these countries' dependence on the Chinese debt leaves their sovereignty eroded and with no choice but to hue to the party's line on UN votes or any other issue that the Chinese Communist Party considers a red line."

It was also noted by O'Brien that China's other international aid efforts include selling surveillance systems and similar tools of repression to "pariah regimes" around the world, including Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

He added, "the time has come to accept that dialogue and agreements will not persuade or compel the People's Republic of China to change. There's nothing to be gained from looking the other way or turning the other cheek. We've been doing that for far too long."

The US must stand up to the Chinese and protect the American people, said the Adviser.

He stated that "we must promote American prosperity, practice peace through strength and advance American influence in the world." He also added that under President Donald Trump's leadership that is exactly what the US has done.

Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE have been prevented from accessing Americans' personal and private data and national secrets, said O'Brien. He also added, "carriers like Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan, and others have prohibited the use of Huawei equipment in their networks. The Trump administration is investigating and prosecuting economic espionage aggressively."

Military relationships of the Trump administration are stronger now in the Indo-Pacific region, said O'Brien.

He said, "One important partnership which will be one of the most key partnerships for the United States in the 21st century, India, is thriving."

 

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