India, Pompeo

India, Pompeo

Pompeo, Esper driving US's anti-China message in India visit

Pompeo, Esper driving US's anti-China message in India visit

27/10/2020 6:30:00 AM

Pompeo , Esper driving US's anti-China message in India visit

Pompeo , Esper driving US's anti-China message in India visit

.Shortly before the Harpoon sale was announced, Pompeo met late on Monday India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to laud “the strong partnership between the United States and India" declaring it to be “critical to the security and prosperity of both countries, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world,” the State Department said in a statement.

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Regardless of domestic US election considerations, it is a critical time in the US-India relationship as China looms large over the Indo-Pacific.AdvertisementAdvertisementHeightened border tensions between New Delhi and Beijing have only added to Chinese-American animosity that has been fuelled by disputes over the coronavirus, trade, technology, Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, human rights and disputes between China and its smaller neighbours in the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, India is looking to emerge from a shell of internal issues, including unrest in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, as it faces twin threats from China and Pakistan.Tuesday’s meetings come during a flareup of military tensions between India and China in a disputed mountainous region where tens of thousands of soldiers have been engaged in a standoff since May. Trump has offered to help defuse tensions but has yet to receive any indication of interest from either side.

READ: India, China hold fresh talks on ending military faceoffAdvertisementIndia and China fought a month-long war over the region at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the autumn of 1962 and some fear a similar confrontation before this winter sets in.

Pompeo has made no secret of the Trump administration’s desire to see India help in the US bid to isolate China. Since Trump became president, the US and India have steadily ramped up their military relationship.When Trump visited India in February, the two sides concluded defence deals worth over US$3 billion. Bilateral defence trade has increased from near zero in 2008 to US$15 billion in 2019.

READ: Pompeo slams China's 'corruption, coercion' at Tokyo talksThe talks in New Delhi on Tuesday follow a meeting that Pompeo had earlier this month in Tokyo with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia, which together make up the four Indo-Pacific nations known as “the Quad.” The Quad is seen as a counterweight to China, who critics say is flexing its military muscle throughout the region.

Pompeo will head back to Washington by way of Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia during which he plans to press each nation to push back Chinese assertiveness. He’s also expected to raise human rights issues at each stop. Read more: CNA »

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Pompeo in India for talks on China 'threats'US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the ... While his own country goes down the tubes. Why are there campaign as such? Going around the world to trash talk on other country..

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