- “The Chinese have always loved and valued peace Aggression or hegemony is not in the Chinese people’s blood, “Xi told Biden.
- At a virtual summit with US counterpart Joe Biden on Tuesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping portrayed China as a peace-loving nation that has never started a war or claimed an inch of another country’s land. Downplaying criticism that Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in its territorial claims.
China has never started a single war and conflict, also has never taken one inch of land from other countries,” he declared. In an apparent attempt to downplay criticism that Beijing is aggressively asserting territorial claims in disputed areas.
Whether along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India, the South China Sea, and the maritime dispute with Japan. China has assembled artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, and Taiwan.
Furthermore, China and India have had territorial disputes for decades. It has already seized Aksai Chin and claimed Arunachal Pradesh as its own. Moreover, it has an ongoing conflict in India’s Ladakh, which has resulted in the gathering of army on both sides of the Ladakh border.
China was also involved in a maritime dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which the Chinese call Diaoyu islands. China has also claimed that Taiwan is its breakaway province, even though it has been democratically ruled for more than seven decades. China’s aggression against Taiwan has increased as Xi Jinping has vowed to take over the island nation.
Source: Indianexpress, Republicworld
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