The Pentagon has urged India and China to engage in a direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects”.
“We urge India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects,” Gary Ross, a Defense Department representative told to a news agency. Over the previous week, the US State Department too have been making similar statements, however Pentagon has looked for direct dialogue between India and China on reducing tension “free of any coercive aspects”.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval heads to Beijing to go to a meeting of BRICS later this month. Amid his visit, Mr Doval is expected to talk with his Chinese partner on this issue. Reacting to questions, the Pentagon declined to take sides on the issue.
“We refer you to the Governments of India and China for further data. We urge India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions. We are not going to speculate on such issues,” Mr Ross said when asked if the Pentagon fears escalation of tension between India and China. Early this week, a top Pentagon Commander told officials that China is exploiting its economic leverage as a way to its regional political targets.
“The Chinese have demonstrated their willingness to exploit their economic leverage as a way to advance their regional political objectives. As China’s military modernisation proceeds with, the United States and its allies and partners will keep on being challenged to balance China’s influence,” General Paul Selva, USAF, said in written response to questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee for his nominee for reconfirmation as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Selva said deterring war is an exercise in influencing China’s decision calculus, making diplomacy preferable to clash and managing crises in such a way, to the point that they don’t unintentionally escalate.
“To do this, the Joint Force will engage with the Chinese military inside Congressionally mandated limits, build alliance capacity through close cooperation, and maintain worldwide law through appropriate operations,” he said in written response to the questions.