China has amassed 60,000 troops on India’s northern border, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he hit out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour” and therefore the threats it poses to the Quad countries.
The foreign ministers from the Indo-Pacific nations referred to as the Quad group – the US, Japan, India and Australia – met in Tokyo on Tuesday in what was their first in-person talks since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The meeting happened within the backdrop of China’s aggressive military behaviour within the Indo-Pacific, South China Sea and along the road of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
“The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border, Pompeo told The Guy Benson Show in an interview on Friday after his return from Tokyo wherein he attended the second Quad ministerial together with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia.
“I was with my secretary of state 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 related to the threats imposed attempting to be imposed by the Chinese Communist Party . and that they see it in their home countries too,” he said.
Pompeo met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Tokyo on Tuesday and that they underscored the necessity to figure together to advance, peace, prosperity and security within the Indo-Pacific and round the globe. He described his meeting with Jaishankar as “productive.”