US continues to monitor India-
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WASHINGTON: After India and China completed their disengagement process in one part of border territory in Leh Ladakh, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that the United States welcomes the ongoing efforts to deescalate the situation and will continue to monitor the situation closely as both sides work toward a peaceful resolution.

At a press briefing, Price said, “We are closely following reports of troop disengagement and we welcome the ongoing efforts to deescalate the situation. We will continue to monitor the situation closely as both sides work toward a peaceful resolution.”

When asked about India and US coordination on COVID-19 vaccines, Price said, “India and US build on decades of successful partnership and health and by the medical research, we are partnering to strengthen the global response to COVID-19.”

Chinese, Indian border troops start disengagement in eastern Ladakh: Chinese Defence Ministry

“US and India recently welcomed an initiative to collaborate through an international center of excellence in research focused on infectious disease including Covid and we look forward to an overarching memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance health cooperation,” he said.

Price further said that US and India are working together on developing diagnostics therapeutics vaccines to combat the disease and to recognise the importance of manufacturing critical drugs during this time and making them accessible globally.

“India’s pharmaceutical sector is strong and well-established and has long played a central role in manufacturing life-saving vaccines for global use. We are pleased that the US pharmaceutical industry has been coordinating with the Indian pharma industry since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added. (ANI)

Ned Price

The United States continues to stand up for democratic values when human rights are being violated in Xinjiang, Tibet, and elsewhere in China, and autonomy is being trampled in Hong Kong, said Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson on Monday (local time).

File picture shows withdrawal of tanks from the battle ground.

“We’ll continue to stand up for democratic values when human rights are being violated in Xinjiang, Tibet and elsewhere in China, and autonomy is being trampled in Hong Kong. We’ll approach China through the prism of competition from a position of strength,” Ned Price told ANI.

Price also commented on Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) and said it is an example of the US and our closest partners pulling together for the good of free and open Indo-Pacific.

“Quad is an example of the US and our closest partners pulling together for the good of free and open Indo-Pacific. Quad has essential momentum and important potential,” Price to ANI.

Quad is a four-member grouping of Australia, Japan, India, and the US. It is committed to respecting and upholding international rules and obligations through positive, practical engagement to protect and support the sovereignty, prosperity, and security of the Indo-Pacific region. (ANI)