India, June 30 -- Bipartisan support for India in its military standoff with China in Ladakh has been growing among US lawmakers. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican-ruled US senate, kicked off floor debate on next year's defense budget Monday by slamming China for "picking deadly fights" with India.

McConnell appealed for the chamber's bipartisan support to pass the National Defense Authorization Act 2021with remarks highlighting recent threats from adversarial nationals China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.

"China has resumed its submarine intrusions into Japanese contiguous zones and picked deadly fights with India at high altitude," McConnell said.

In a floor speech on June 18, just days after the deadly slash in which 20 ...