Washington: Members of the US Congress have sided with India on the military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
Members of both houses of the US House of Representatives and Senate have directly blamed Beijing for the crisis. They also praised India's tough stance against China, regardless of party affiliation.
Chinese troops have been stationed inside Indian territory in eastern Ladakh since last May. The crisis took an extreme turn on the intervening night of June 15 and June 16 when 20 Indian soldiers were martyred and more than 100 Chinese troops were killed in clashes at the Galwan Valley.
Over the past few months, there has been a chill in the relations between China and the United States. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed Beijing for spreading the coronavirus infection all around the world. The two sides are also at loggerheads over trade agreements and new Hong Kong laws.
Various members of the US Congress have spoken out more than once in the past few weeks about the conflict on the Ladakh border. Several of them have sided with New Delhi by writing letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
Colonel Gardner, a Republican senator from Colorado, telephoned Taranjit the day after the Indian Army's clash with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Galwan. He also emphasized the need to strengthen US relations with India.
A few weeks ago, Senator Rick Scott wrote a letter to Narendra Modi expressing his support for New Delhi's position. Several members of Congress, including Ro Khanna of Indian descent and Pramila Jaipal, have also recently written to Taranjit on the issue.