US needs to be with India as China has amassed 60,000 soldiers at LAC: Mike Pompeo
The US Secretary of State said Quad members were trying to counter threats from China
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said China has amassed 60,000 soldiers at the India-China border and as such India “absolutely needs the United States to be their ally and partner in this fight.”
The US Secretary of State said so in an interview with the Guy Benson Show on Friday after his return from Tokyo where he had gone to attend the second Quad foreign ministers’ meeting.
“I was with my foreign minister counterparts from India, Australia, and Japan – a format that we call the Quad, four big democracies, four powerful economies, four nations, each of whom has real risk associated with the threats imposed – attempting to be imposed by the Chinese Communist Party. And they see it in their home countries too,” Pompeo said.
“They see, the people of their (Quad) nations understanding that we all slept on this for too long. For decades, the West allowed the Chinese Communist Party to walk all over us. The previous administration bent a knee, too often allowed China to steal our intellectual properties and the millions of jobs that came along with it. They see that in their country too,” he said.
In another interview with Larry O'Connor, the US Secretary of State said in his meetings with his counterparts from Japan, India and Australia, they began to develop a set of understandings and policies that can jointly take these countries to work to present a true resistance to the threats that the Chinese Communist Party poses to each of these nations.
“They absolutely need the United States to be their ally and partner in this fight,” he said.
“But they've all seen it, whether it's the Indians, who are actually having a physical confrontation with the Chinese up in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of India, the Chinese have now begun to amass huge forces against India in the north – whether it's the Australians who did the simple thing of saying the Chinese screwed this deal up with the virus, and we'd like to understand what happened and said we ought to have a full investigation, and in exchange for that, the Chinese Communist Party began to extort, coerce, bully the Australians,” the US Secretary of State said.
He said the Quad countries were developing a set of policies to present a resistance to the threats that China posed to each of the four nations.
“The world has awakened. The tide’s begun to turn. And the United States under President Trump’s leadership has now built out a coalition that will push back against the threat and maintain good order, the rule of law, and the basic civic decency that comes from democracies controlling the world and not authoritarian regimes,” he said.