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US Secy of State Mike Pompeo to China: ‘You can’t bully countries in Himalayas’

Attacking China following its aggression, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Beijing cannot threaten other countries and bully them in the Himalayas.

Speaking at a news conference in London, Pompeo said China was one of the important parts of his discussions with his British counterpart Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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“You can’t go make claims for maritime regions that you have no lawful claim to. You can’t threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas. You can’t engage in cover-ups and co-opt international institutions like the World Health Organisation,” said Pompeo.

Earlier, Mike Pompeo launched a scathing attack on China for ‘instigating territorial disputes’ with other countries. Referring to the bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan valley on June 15, in which the Indian Army lost 20 brave soldiers, Pompeo said, “The Chinese took incredibly aggressive action.” He justified New Delhi’s response saying, “The Indians have done their best to respond to that.”

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Slamming Beijing for its expansionist policies, Pompeo said that Chinese Communist Party recently filed a boundary dispute with Bhutan during an online meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as reported on Times Now News.

“From mountain ranges of the Himalayas to waters of Vietnam’s exclusive zone to Senkaku islands and beyond, Beijing has a pattern of instigating territorial disputes. The world shouldn’t allow this bullying to take place,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo’s strong words come close on the heels of Beijing’s claim that Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in eastern Bhutan’s Trashigang district was a ‘disputed’ territory. China made the objection at the virtual meeting of the GEF when Thimpu was asking for grants for the sanctuary.

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