New Delhi- China has called on India to join the nations resisting American hegemony, amid increasingly aggressive anti-China posturing by the United States.
Ji Rong, a spokesperson for the Indian Embassy in New Delhi, said on Monday that India was an emerging economy and adhered to strategic independence and should thus resist hegemony together with China and other nations.
“China and India should resolutely oppose any act of reversing the wheel of history, firmly resist hegemonism and power politics, and resolutely promote democratization and legalization of international relations,” Ji said in a series of tweets.
Relations between the United States and China have hit the lowest level in decades. The two are at loggerheads over a range of issues, including trade, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea, and the coronavirus pandemic.
In all of those cases, Washington has been sharply escalating against Beijing in recent weeks.
Last Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump’s administration wanted to build a coalition to counter an alleged “threat” from China. “We hope we can build out a coalition that understands the threat,” Pompeo said in London.
Ji said some US politicians always viewed China with a Cold War mentality, stressing Beijing’s commitment to international laws unlike Washington.
“US kept turning away from international treaties and organizations and selectively applied international law. International community knows who is real trouble-maker and threat,” the Chinese spokesperson said.
The US, under Trump, has been unilaterally abandoning international treaty after international treaty, attempting often unsuccessfully to renegotiate deals on its own terms.
Commenting on Pompeo’s announcement, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urged Washington to learn to work in a multilateral world.
“I think the US really has to learn to work with a more multipolar world with more plurilateral arrangements, go beyond the alliance with which it has grown up in the last two generations,” Jaishankar said in a video conference organized by the US-India Business Council.
Meanwhile, China and India are negotiating the restoration of peace and a disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) frontier, which was established after a war in 1962, in the Himalayan region. The disputed border area was the scene of a deadly clash last month, the first such deadly fighting between the two nuclear-armed neighbors since 1967.
The US has offered steadfast support for New Delhi in that dispute over the past few weeks.
In his Monday tweets, Ji stressed that Beijing was committed to exploring a path of peaceful development and win-win cooperation with other nations.
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