You might think China is trying to lay low after starting a global pandemic, but you’d be wrong. China has used the global lockdowns to escalate military incursions and threats across Asia. As a result India and others in the region are forming deep, self-defense alliances with the U.S. against the communist nation.
China has reportedly been trespassing across the borders of India and Nepal while issuing not-so-subtle threats it plans to invade independent Taiwan. Indian forces fended off a Chinese military encroachment in the Himalayas in what the communists are falsely calling a territorial dispute. The recent dustups prompted officials to broker military arms, intelligence sharing, and support deals with members of the Trump Administration.
“The defense ties between our two nations remains a key pillar of our overall bilateral relationship,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said. “Based on our shared values and common interests, we stand shoulder to shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for all, particularly in light of increasing aggression and destabilizing activities by China.”
China has relentlessly attempted to expand its territories in the South China Sea; they’ve invaded Tibet, threatened Taiwan, and recently stole land from neighboring Nepal. Few nations in the region have the military capabilities to prevent China’s invasion. Their seemingly only viable self-defense option is to work with the U.S. and hope other free countries will come to their aid in the event of war.
“Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the (Chinese Communist Party) is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency nor to freedom of navigation — the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly said.
His Indian counterpart, foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, echoed those sentiments by calling out the “increasing aggression and destabilizing activities by China.”
The two most populated countries on the planet (India and China) fought a brutal territorial war in the 1960s and have remained at odds over boundaries. China began rattling its saber with regards to expansion after steamrolling pro-Democracy advocates in Hong Kong and insisting Taiwan bend the knee despite standing alone as a Democracy.
Unlike the Obama-Biden administration, President Donald J. Trump has drawn a line in the sand that has kept the peace, much to the anger of Chinese officials. In the face of American resolve, China has been reduced to issuing idle threats.
“The US should stop selling weapons to and cut military ties with the island to avoid further damaging Sino-US relations. China will take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereign, safety, and interests,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin threatened.
The Trump Administration recently brokered an arms deal with Taiwan that exceeds $2.3 billion. The defense-system sale of sensors, missiles, artillery, and support deliver enough firepower to Taiwan to decimate a potential invading communist force. China’s appetite for aggression is expected to be curbed by the prospect of the robust and decisive self-defense capabilities.
Although U.S.-based media outlets such as the New York Times and others have taken payouts from the communist regime to push its propaganda, Chinese officials indict themselves with their own words.
“Chinese military has resolute determination, full confidence, and enough capabilities to thwart all kinds of foreign interference and pro-independence moves. China will continue pushing forward the unification process,” China‘s defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang reportedly said.
The world saw this same style of “unification” when Russian communists formed the Soviet Union and invaded independent Democracies.