The United States Senate has approved a bipartisan resolution recognizing the McMahon Line as the official boundary between China and Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India. The resolution reaffirms the United States support for considering Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India and denounces China’s military actions to alter the status quo along the Line of Actual Control. Senators Bill Hagerty and Jeff Merkley sponsored the resolution. They stressed the need for the United States to support its strategic partners in the region, particularly India, in the face of China’s threats to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
The resolution opposes China’s demand that Arunachal Pradesh belongs to the People’s Republic of China, criticizing its increasingly aggressive and expansionist policies. Additionally, the resolution applauds India’s efforts to defend itself against China’s aggression and security threats. It aims to enhance the US-India bilateral partnership in several fields, including defence, technology, economics, and people-to-people connections, and promote multilateral cooperation through the Quad, the East Asia Summit, and other international platforms.