India complained about China’s aggressive approach to US: WikiLeaks

Sunday, January 2, 2011

NEW DELHI - China’s “newly pugnacious” foreign policy is “losing friends worldwide” and India has voiced concerns to Washington about Beijing’s “aggressive approach”, says a US diplomatic cable released by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

The leaked diplomatic cables, which were published in Guardian, revealed that the Indian government had complained to US about China’s aggressiveness.

The cable, sent by US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, had said that Indian ambassador to Beijing S. Jaishankar had sought closer co-operation with the US because of “China’s more aggressive approach”.

It’s not just India which objected to Chinese assertiveness.

“Numerous third-country diplomats have complained to us that dealing with China has become more difficult in the past year,” said another cable sent by Huntsman.

In another cable, Huntsman has described a Japanese official’s complaint about “the increased aggressiveness of Chinese ‘coast guard’ and naval units which had provoked ‘many dangerous encounters’ with Japanese civilian and self-defence force ships”.

The Chinese assertiveness has been a subject of conversation between India and the US at various levels in the last few months.

It was discussed between the two sides during US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last month, said sources. The disclosure comes days before Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao comes to India on an official visit.

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