3 February 2022: The USA says it won’t endorse Rahul Gandhi’s statement, “China and Pakistan are close.”
Rahul Gandhi claimed in Lok Sabha on Wednesday that this BJP Government brought Pakistan and China together. Ned Price, the US State Department spokesperson, said he “won’t endorse” those remarks a day after his speech. “I’ll leave it to Pakistanis and PRC to speak to their relationship,” he added.
The exact words of Rahul Gandhi were, “The Chinese know what they want to do and they have a very clear vision. The single largest strategic goal of India’s foreign policy has been to retain Pakistan and China separately. What you (BJP Government) have done is, you have brought them together.“
He also added, “Do not be under any illusion, do not underestimate the forces that are standing in front of our country. You have brought Pakistan and China together. This is the single biggest crime that you could commit against the people of India.“
All the union ministers condemned Rahul Gandhi’s speech with various comments. Especially external affairs minister S Jaishankar said that he needs some history lessons in his tweet.
He said that Pakistan handed over Shaksgam valley illegally to China in 1963 to build the Karakoram highway via Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and China made the highway successfully in 1970. He added, “those who live in India know we were in the midst of corona wave,” by taunting Rahul Gandhi over his frequent foreign visits.
Rahul Gandhi alleged in Lok Sabha that it is this Government which brought Pakistan and China together.Perhaps, some history lessons are in order:— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 2, 2022
-In 1963,Pakistan illegally handed over the Shaksgam valley to China.
-China built the Karakoram highway through PoK in the 1970s.
Pralhad Joshi, parliamentary Affairs Minister, called Rahul Gandhi a “mindless and confused” leader who is a gift to China.
Rahul Gandhi’s words created a discussion in the global arena, which led to the statement from the USA.
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