China waging border war with India, says US senator Cornyn

In a visit to New Delhi and Southeast Asia, he said China poses a grave threat to its neighbours

China is engaged in a “border war” with India and poses a serious threat to its neighbours, said the top Republican lawmaker John Cornyn to the US senate. He gave the details of his visit to New Delhi and Southeast Asia to understand the challenges faced by countries in the region.

John Cornyn, who is also an India Caucus Co-Chair, said, “The most urgent and grave threats are against countries closer to China’s borders.” “It (China) threatens freedom of navigation in international waters, and it’s guilty of gross human rights abuses against its own people, namely the Muslim minority Uyghurs. It’s engaged in a border war with India and it threatens to invade the Republic of China, otherwise known as Taiwan,” he added.

John Cornyn and his Congressional colleagues have traveled to India and met with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and Cabinet officials to discuss threats posed by China as well as other shared priorities. Following a violent conflict in the Pangong lake areas on May 5, last year, the border standoff between the Indian and Chinese forces erupted, and both sides gradually increased their deployment by bringing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry.

The two parties concluded the disengagement process in the Gogra area in August and on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in February as a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks. On the other hand, India and China failed to make any progress in resolving the standoff in eastern Ladakh at their 13th round of military talks on October 10.

In the Philippines, while taking a ride on a navy aircraft in disputed waters, he said, they detected a Chinese spy ship engaging in intelligence-gathering operations off the Philippine coast just minutes after exiting Philippine airspace.

Cornyn said that during the visit, “one of the main topics was the timetable for a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.” “In every way possible, Taiwan is a stark contrast to the People’s Republic of China. It’s a true democracy, with elections whose results are not predetermined. It’s a free-market economy that adheres to the rule of law, and it shares the same basic values we embrace in the United States — freedom of speech, freedom of press, religion, and assembly,” he said.

China has restricted commercial activity such as fishing and mineral exploitation by countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, claiming sovereignty of the land for hundreds of years. Over the last five years, China has rapidly constructed artificial islands on what were once low-lying reefs, containing considerable military facilities. China has been chastised by the United States for militarising the islands by building extensive runways for jet fighters and deploying anti-aircraft weapons.

The US insists on maintaining freedom of travel in the South China Sea and has dispatched military planes, naval patrols, and training missions to the strategically critical region.