NEW DELHI: China has not yet withdrawn from several forward positions it seized following clashes with Indian troops in Ladakh, according to a report by top American commander.
In the report submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Philip S Davidson says the large-scale mobilization by Chinese Army has stoked regional concerns that the PRC will ‘increasingly use force to achieve desired outcomes.’
Davidson is US Navy Commander for the Indo-Pacific command.
Mincing no words, he calls China’s aggressive posturing in the region as “expansionary territorial ambitions,” drawing attention to the fact that the PLA deployed close to 50,000 troops following border skirmishes with India.
The report also mentions China’s growing influence in Nepal after the Himalayan country greed to join Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.