It is reported that the US asked China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas. This is yet another cog in the series of strong statements against China from the US in recent days. Of late, there are other countries as well who are voicing concerns over China’s aggressive behavior. Hitherto, those voices were in bits and pieces; however, when a military and economic power like the US leads the verbal attacks against China, all those bits and pieces come together to create a bigger picture.
At this juncture, it is relevant to ask whether it is India’s stern stand at the Ladakh border that showed the world that one can stand-up against China’s wrongdoings and aggression, for that seems to be the case. Though many countries across the world were agitated by China’s behaviour in times of global pandemic that originated from Wuhan, there was a lack of military fervour in opposing China earlier.
Let’s see how the world seems to be thinking in military terms as well after China’s aggression at Ladakh against India.
The US told the world that India rightly replied to China at the Ladakh borders. It then put out a statement saying that it will stand with its ‘friends’ against China’s aggression whether it is in the heights of Himalayas or in South China Sea. The US warship returning from South China Sea conducted Passex exercise with Indian Navy. The recent assertion of the US is this:
I want to highlight our increased defence cooperation with India, one the all important defence relationships of 21th century. We conducted our first-ever joint military exercise last November: United States Secretary of Defense Mark T Esper pic.twitter.com/fWvJuEe8z2
— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2020
Weeks ago, Taiwan conducted a military drill against the possible threat from China. It also has the backing of US which assured it of military help if China tries to annex it. Just to be aware of the background, Taiwan calls itself Republic Of China and maintains that it is “the real China”.
The US, Japan, and Australia joined hands to conduct a Naval exercise at the doorstep of South China Sea. The US stated that Beijing is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to tighten its control of the nearby South China Sea, and the US will continue to act against any coercive behaviour of China.
19 – 23 JUL, JS TERUZUKI is conducting multilateral exercise with USS RONALD REAGAN, HMAS CANBERRA and other ships in the South China Sea through the West Pacific. JMSDF continue multi-national EX to purse the vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” even under COVID19 situation. pic.twitter.com/8rjvoenxzt
— Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (@jmsdf_pao_eng) July 21, 2020
What is noteworthy is that countries like Philippines and Myanmar that have allowed massive Chinese investments in recent years are also seeing a security threat from China. A couple of weeks ago, the Philippine foreign secretary warned China of “the severest response” if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over to Philippine territory.
As we had analysed in this article, Myanmar has openly stated that it is facing a national security threat from China.
Blaming China for its Coronavirus mismanagement, and trade practices is a different thing. But what we are now seeing is that increasingly countries are treating China as ‘security threat’. India’s stand against China’s aggression, with the instance of PM Modi himself visiting the border area to cheer up the soldiers, perhaps shown the world the path of resistance and military unity against the aggression.