Recently, a bipartisan Congressional provision denouncing China’s aggression towards India has become law. This development took place after the US Congress overrode President Donald Trump’s veto on the 740 billion US dollar defence policy bill. This also included calling out the Chinese government for its actions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2021, became law on Friday (1 January 2021) as Congress overrode Trump’s veto. This included a resolution calling out the Chinese government to end its military aggression towards India along the LAC.
On 23rd December, President Trump vetoed the NDAA, which had bipartisan support. Trump argued that it had conditions that would damage national security.
On 15th December, the US House of Representatives and the Senate passed the 740 billion US dollar NDAA. The NDAA included crucial components of Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi‘s resolution language urging the Chinese government to end its military aggression against India along the LAC.
Notably, China and India have been locked in a military standoff along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since May this 2020. Though both the countries arranged several rounds of talks to resolve the issue, the standoff has not yielded any concrete outcome.
Raja Krishnamoorthi said, “Through today’s New Year’s Day vote in the Senate, Congress has made the National Defence Authorisation Act into law, including elements of my resolution calling on China to end its military aggression towards India and others in the broader Indo-Pacific region”.
“The Chinese military’s violent aggression along the Line of Actual Control with India and elsewhere is unacceptable, and the passage into law of this legislation sends a clear message of support and solidarity to India and our other partners across the world as we enter the New Year,” Krishnamoorthi added.