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“They Need US To Be Their Ally”: Mike Pompeo On India Amid China Standoff

Mike Pompeo mentioned China has “begun to amass large forces towards India within the north” (File)


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday urged nearer ties with India as he warned of China’s rising would possibly on its doorstep, amid a flurry of diplomacy between the world’s two largest democracies.

“They completely want the USA to be their ally and associate on this combat,” Pompeo mentioned of his four-way conferences earlier this week in Tokyo together with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia.

“The Chinese language have now begun to amass large forces towards India within the north,” Pompeo informed radio host Larry O’Connor.

“The world has woke up. The tide’s begun to show. And the USA beneath President Trump’s management has now constructed out a coalition that may push again towards the menace,” he mentioned.

Following the Tokyo assembly, Pompeo will journey shortly to New Delhi with Protection Secretary Mark Esper for annual talks with their Indian counterparts.

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun can even journey to India subsequent week to arrange the assembly, the State Division mentioned.

Tensions have soared between India and China since violent hand-to-hand preventing within the Himalayan area of Ladakh in June that left 20 Indian troops lifeless.

China has acknowledged struggling casualties however has not revealed any figures.

Citing nationwide safety grounds, New Delhi has since banned dozens of Chinese language apps together with TikTok, the blockbuster video-sharing platform which had counted on India as its largest abroad market.

Regardless of broad issues about China, India has traditionally shied away from formal alliances with outdoors powers beneath its doctrine of “strategic autonomy.”

Requested on the conservative Heritage Basis about tensions with China, India’s ambassador to the USA, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, harassed that the Asian powers had historic linkages and welcomed one another’s students.

US-India ties have been quickly rising and “this relationship has a a lot wider perspective than merely China,” Sandhu mentioned.

However he mentioned he anticipated India and the USA to debate boosting protection ties in the course of the go to by Pompeo and Esper.

“I’d underline that there’s a nice additional potential for our protection cooperation,” he mentioned.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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