US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the recent clashes “initiated” by the Chinese military against India in eastern Ladakh are the latest examples of the “unacceptable behaviour” of ruling Chinese Communist Party.
He also praised India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, which he said are “security risks” to the Indian people.
“It’s important that democracies like ours work together, especially as we see more clearly than ever the true scope of the challenge posed by the Chinese communist party. Our infrastructure projects, our supply chains, our sovereignty, and our people’s health and safety are all at risk. If we get it wrong,” Mr Pompeo said in his virtual keynote address to the annual ‘India Ideas Summit’ of the US India Business Council.
“The recent clashes initiated by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are just the latest examples of the Chinese Communist Party’s unacceptable behaviour. We were deeply saddened by the deaths of 20 Indian service members. I am confident that with our concerted efforts, we can protect our interests,” he said.
He said he was happy to report that India is a “rising US defense and security partner, in the Indo-Pacific and globally,” he said.
Asserting that the United States has never been more supportive of India’s a security, he said New Delhi too is an important partner and a key pillar of US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
“We work closely together to make sure that the world intellectual property organisation election was won by someone who respects property rights. It seems pretty basic.”
Mr Pompeo said that the so-called quad compile comprised that the US, India, Japan and Australia have been revived. “India is also part of a group of like-minded nations that I have convened regularly to advance shared interests,” he said.
He also noted that the US has also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the next G-7 summit, where the leaders will advance the economic prosperity network.
Mr Pompeo said India has a chance to attract global supply chains away from China and reduce its reliance on Chinese companies in like telecommunications, medical supplies and others.
“India is in this position because it has earned the trust of many nations around the world, including the United States,” he said.
“We also had to work with India to advance the blue network, an initiative to promote high quality, transparent infrastructure development,” he said, adding that this effort is crucial to adopt because free markets are the best way to lift people out of poverty.
India has seen that in its own recent past, he added.
The US Secretary of State said that is an especially vital truth to remember today because the private sector will be indispensable and overcoming the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan, China.
“But as I said last year to achieve these worthy goals, India will need to encourage an environment that is more open to increased trade and investment. I know that”s possible because Indians and Americans share a spirit of hard work and entrepreneurship, and I’m confident our partnership is only getting stronger,” Mr Pompeo said.
The United States, he said, desires a new age of ambition in its relationship with India.
“We don’t just interact on a bilateral basis. We see each other for what we are great democracies, global powers and really good friends. India is one of a few trusted like-minded countries whose leaders I call on a regular basis for counsel and collaboration on issues that span continents,” Mr Pompeo said.