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USA wants stronger India ties to counter PRC's rise: Tillerson

20 October, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Tillerson, who will visit India next week, described India as America's partner and said Washington can not have the same relationship with "non-democratic" Beijing as it has with New Delhi. "And yet, the Obama administration chose to be less overt in calling out China and in highlighting it as a point of convergence for U.S. -India ties", said Kugelman.

Tillerson said the US wants to help improve India's military capabilities, and also improve security cooperation among the region's major democracies, which included Japan and Australia. During his speech, Tillerson targeted China and said that China has undertaken provocative actions in the South China Sea.

A senior State Department official defended the timing of the speech, saying Tillerson also said he wanted a constructive relationship with China.

"China steadfastly upheld the global order with the United Nations at the core and based on the purposes and principles of United Nations charter we will firmly uphold the multilateralism yet we will also firmly safeguard our own interests and rights", he said while responding to a question on Tillerson's remarks.

Pakistan was the main USA ally in South Asia for decades, but US officials are frustrated with what they charge has been Pakistan's failure to cut support for the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, where the administration wants India to play a bigger role in economic development. India has also placed a large defence order with the United States worth billions of dollars.

U.S. -India relations have generally prospered in the past decade, in part due to their shared concerns about the rise of China.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson says the Donald Trump administration expects Pakistan to take "decisive action against terrorist groups" based within its borders. "But those two countries have risen very differently".

In Beijing, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang (陸慷) said China hoped the USA could abandon bias when viewing its actions overseas. Tillerson also talked about Pakistan ad said that the country should change its old ways and work towards peace and prosperity.

"Between 2013 and 2016 Chinese companies have invested about USD 560 billion overseas, paid over USD 100 billion in various kind of taxes to the host countries and created millions of jobs for the local communities", Tuo Zhen, spokesman of 19th Congress of the CPC said, refuting reports that China has been bringing its own workers and not hiring locally to execute several infrastructure projects that China is funding under the more than USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). "At the same time we will never give up our justly deserved rights and interests".

China, he said, uses funding mechanisms with countries that "result in saddling them with enormous levels of debt".

"We think it's important that we begin to develop some means of countering that with alternative financing measures".



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