American general identifies ‘counterweight’ to China — Analysis
The US and India will hold a joint military drill in the Himalayas in response to Beijing’s activities
As a part of a Joint Military Exercise, the US and India will conduct a military exercise in India’s Himalayas in October. “counterweight”China’s activities in disputed territories
This year’s annual ‘Yudh Abhyas’ (Training for War) exercise will be held at an altitude between 9,000 and 10,000 feet, General Charles Flynn, the commander of the US Army Pacific, told reporters on Wednesday during his trip to New Delhi. Training will include air force units, medevacs and attack planes from both sides. It is not known where exactly the training will take place.
“These are all invaluable opportunities that the Indian Army and the US Army can capitalize on in these training environments,”Flynn stated. He added that such exercises have had a “deterrent effect” across the region.
Flynn warned of Beijing’s “destabilizing and coercive behavior”In the south Himalayas where India and China have had a long-standing border dispute,
The Indian government has accused China, last month, of building illegal bridges over the Pangong Tso Lake. Flynn described such activities “eye-opening” “alarming.”
“I think it is worthy of us working together as a counterweight to some of those corrosive and corrupted behaviors,”According to the US general.
During his trip, Flynn held talks with India’s Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande and Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lieutenant General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju.
At the Galwan Valley de facto boundary, fighting broke out in June 2020. Four Chinese and 20 Indian soldiers were both killed. In other parts of the Line of Actual Control, smaller clashes were also reported. India has deployed new forces since.
Wang Wenbin of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that in January, construction had begun on the disputed lands. “aimed at safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty and security, as well as peace and stability in the China-India border.”
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