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Dozens of Indian and Chinese soldiers were killed in the most recent border clash between China and India a week ago. On June 18, senior US diplomat David Stilwell claimed that a Chinese invasion had triggered the border conflict - a statement of great geostrategic significance.

Stilwell, who holds the post of State Secretary of the US State Department for East Asia and the Pacific, said at a press conference that the Chinese People's Liberation Army had invaded the "disputed territory" between India and China and described this as exemplary of aggression on the part of China.

When the border tensions between Beijing and New Delhi intensified in May, the US government got involved in the dispute by criticizing China's “aggression”. But up to this press conference on Thursday, she had reacted only cautiously to the clash on June 15 and the extensive relocation of Indian and Chinese troops to the region.

Now, however, the US is clearly showing its solidarity with India, even though it knows and anticipates that this will encourage the government in New Delhi to take a tough and provocative stance towards China. They also do this under dangerous conditions: As reported by the Indian media, calls for retaliation against China are getting louder and louder within the Indian government and military leadership.

The Trump administration is throwing all inhibitions overboard and fueling a conflict between the two most populous countries, which are also rival nuclear powers.

Stilwell, a former Air Force general, responded to a question from a right-wing journalist by giving his testimony Washington Examiner, who suggested that the Indo-China border clash was part of a series of Chinese aggression in South and East Asia. Stilwell said: "We are of course watching the Sino-India border dispute very carefully ... The People's Liberation Army has penetrated this disputed area deeper and longer and with more people than ever before."

Stilwell continued, "Again, I don't know if it was part of their negotiating tactics, or if they just wanted to give the opponent one on the nose to demonstrate their superiority."

The whole exchange was based on the false anti-Chinese narrative that the US government has been advocating for decades. The USA regularly portrays China as an aggressor who disrupts the “international order” and the “rule of law”. In reality, US imperialism is the force that is waging an incessant and ever escalating diplomatic, economic and military-strategic offensive against Beijing in order to prevent its "rise".

In 2011 the Obama administration developed its "Pivot to Asia" strategy, which is directed against China. It included, among other things, the plans that have now been implemented to relocate the majority of US military capacities to the Asian Pacific. Trump does not use the term "Pivot to Asia", but has dramatically intensified the US campaign against Beijing.

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The Pentagon has explicitly classified China as a “strategic competitor” in a new era of “great power conflicts”. The Washington government is pursuing the goal of destroying China economically by trying to prevent China from becoming a high-tech competitor. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is also urging American and European corporations to “decouple” from China.

The rising tensions on the Sino-Indian border are directly related to the US offensive against China.

On the one hand, the viable Indian ruling class has been lured by the US with offers of strategic favors and investments, and has joined Washington's anti-China course. Narendra Modi and his far-right ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have turned India into a frontline state on the US offensive against China. They have opened India's air and naval bases to American warplanes and warships, joined the US stance on the dispute over the South China Sea, and a network of bilateral, trilateral and quadrilateral military and security agreements with the US and its key allies in the Indo-Pacific, Australia and Japan, completed.

This gives rise to a second aspect that further exacerbates the tension. The US is trying to strangle China economically by militarily controlling the bottlenecks in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea. To thwart these plans, China is developing an economic corridor on the border with Pakistan, which runs through the Aksai Chin region, which is controlled by China but is claimed by India.

What adds weight to Stilwell's statement is his rank as a senior US diplomat for East Asia and the Pacific region. At the press conference, he also spoke about the outcome of a six-hour negotiation that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had with Yang Jiechi, the CPC Political Bureau and Chinese Foreign Minister. These negotiations took place the day before the press conference, Wednesday June 17th, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The US made little mention of the Honolulu negotiations, and Stilwell barely commented on Thursday either, despite having attended them. But what little he said makes it clear that the US has used the talks as an opportunity to make a number of provocative demands on China. They informed Beijing that the future of Sino-US relations and trade relations would depend on these demands.

Stilwell's words indicated that the US has again accused China of the corona pandemic. The US representatives had asked the Beijing delegation to reveal everything "what they know about the beginning of this pandemic".

This is part of a campaign the Trump administration is trying to distract from its irresponsible pandemic policies in the US. This has led to a shockingly high number of fatalities. At the same time, a pretext for further aggression against China is to be created.

Stilwell also mentioned other topics in which the US “wants to see action” from Beijing: for example, the dispute over the South China Sea, Taiwan and Hong Kong and the fate of the Uyghurs. The latter points relate to Washington's attempts to use the Chinese state's authoritarian behavior as a flimsy pretext to assert its own predatory interests in the name of “human rights”.

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This criticism of China's dictatorial measures from Washington of all places is absurd: The Trump administration itself is countering the protests against the police murder of George Floyd with massive state attacks, deploying the military inside and trying to establish a military dictatorship. Of course, not a single reporter answered that at the press conference. Nor did they say a word about Washington's support for authoritarian and dictatorial regimes around the world.

Another statement by Stilwell illustrates the hostile climate under which negotiations with China took place on Wednesday: “The President is no longer playing around. He is doing what it takes to protect US interests. First and foremost, of course, is the trade deal. ”He couldn't say anything about how Sino-US relations would develop.

However, Stilwell claimed there are two possible areas in which Beijing and Washington could work together. Of course, this turned out to be a poisoned proposal: Washington wants China to pressure its close ally North Korea to bow to US demands. China is also said to participate in planned nuclear negotiations with Russia, which Beijing has so far refused to do because its nuclear arsenal is only a fraction of the size of the other two powers.

In this context, the US's decision to publicly stand by India's side is extremely provocative and dangerous - in contrast to an earlier Indo-Chinese conflict when China and Bhutan fought over a mountain range in 2017. It is all the more dangerous since the US is linking the current conflict to the conflict in the South China Sea.

Washington has explicitly made a connection between the Indo-Chinese border dispute and the strategic confrontation between the US and Beijing. This makes the conflict particularly explosive and unsolvable, because everything that follows from it - whether it is another military clash or an attempt to de-escalate - will only be assessed according to what effects it will have on the confrontation between the United States and China.

The US intervention encourages the bellicose elements of the Indian ruling elite. The warmongers from the Modi government and its Hindu chauvinist allies are fomenting nationalism and chauvinism against China, and the cowardly opposition supports them in this.

Internally, under Covid-19 conditions, the BJP government caused a double catastrophe with its poorly prepared lockdown. As the pandemic grows exponentially, the collapse of the economy has left more than one hundred million impoverished workers their jobs. Under these conditions, the government is using the conflict with China to divert social anger into reactionary channels.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the American Ambassador to India offered their condolences to the families of the twenty Indian soldiers killed in the clash last Monday. Ambassador Kenneth Juster tweeted: "Your bravery and courage will never be forgotten." This statement shows that Washington is publicly behind India.

Another sign of the impending danger posed by the US was the testimony of Senate Republican parliamentary leader Mitch McConnell to the Senate on Thursday: “The People's Liberation Army apparently instigated the most violent clash between India and China since the 1962 war to occupy territory . “At that time, thousands of soldiers were killed or wounded, but neither of the two states had nuclear weapons.