Washington DC, Oct 10: In a major development, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "China has amassed more than 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control with India," and slammed Beijing for its "bad behavior" and the threats it poses to the Quad countries.
The Foreign Ministers of the Quad group - the US, Japan, India, and Australia - met in Tokyo on Tuesday in order to work towards an "open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific". The meeting took place against the backdrop of China’s aggressive actions across the Indo-Pacific.
"The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border," Mike Pompeo told to a private media in an interview on Friday after his return from Tokyo. "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," he 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 the interview.
Pompeo also held a bilateral meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Tokyo on Tuesday and they underscored the need to work together to advance, peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe. He had described his meeting with Mr. Jaishankar as "productive".
Meanwhile, in another interview Pompeo said in his meetings with his counterparts, 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 northeastern 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," Pompeo said.
In his third-interview with a private media, Pompeo said repeatedly said that China has "stacked 60,000 soldiers against the Indians in the north." On the other hand, India is expanding bilateral cooperation with Japan, the US and Australia in the Indo-Pacific region. India-Pacific region is largely viewed as an area comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and its efforts to advance into the Indian Ocean are seen to have challenged the established rules-based system.