The US will continue to stand strong in the ongoing border conflict between India and China, said a top White Hous official. He further asserted that no one in China’s neighbourhood is safe from Chinese belligerence.
The White House Chief of Staff – Mark Meadows said, “The message is clear. We’re not going to stand by and let China or anyone else take the reins in terms of being the most powerful, dominant force, whether it’s in that region or over here.”
“Our military might stands strong and will continue to stand strong, whether it’s in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else,” he added. Meadows went on to add that the US’ mission is to make sure the world knows that it still has the preeminent fighting force in the world.
Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, the US deployed two aircraft carriers with a clear message to China that it doesn’t appreciate Beijing’s hostility in the region. The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz are set to hold some of the U.S. Navy’s most comprehensive war drills in the South China Sea concurring with Chinese naval drills in the region.
With US-China tensions mounting over trade, COVID-19, and China’s crackdown in Hong Kong, U.S. officials said they wanted to challenge what they called Beijing’s illegitimate territorial claims.
“The purpose is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability,” said Rear Adm. George M. Wikoff, commander of the strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan, in an interview.
The war-drills by the two aircraft carriers and four other warships will include round-the-clock flights testing the striking ability of carrier-based aircraft. It is rare for the US and China to hold naval drills concurrently in the region.