US Secretary to discuss economy, joint efforts against terrorism during Pakistan visit

US Secretary to discuss economy, joint efforts against terrorism during Pakistan visit

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday he would visit India next week and that the Donald Trump administration was "determined to dramatically deepen" ties with India.

The proposal for a quadrilateral security dialogue and a mechanism for cooperation in Indo-Pacific is likely to be discussed next week, when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will host the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in New Delhi, sources told DH. While President Donald Trump has looked to deepen cooperation with China on addressing the nuclear threat from North Korea, he's also sought a closer relationship with India, which shares US worries on Islamic extremism.

Tillerson had said the US-India "2 plus 2" dialogue would set the stage for the strengthening of bilateral ties.

Speaking on "Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Tillerson said in the last decade counter-terrorism cooperation has expanded significantly between India and the U.S.

He reserved his most pointed remarks concerning China and its push for greater economic influence in the region for a question-and-answer period after the speech. While the U.S. wants a constructive relationship with China, he said, "we will not shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order, and where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries and disadvantages the USA and our friends". "The United States seeks constructive relations with China", said Tillerson.

"China's provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the global law and norms that the United States and India both stand for", Tillerson continued.




He said the world needed the USA and India to have a strong partnership.

Xi said that China had now "become a great power in the world", and that the Chinese growth under Communist rule had given "a new choice" to other developing countries. He said China was offering financing that saddles countries with enormous debt and triggers for repayment that lead to default.

And he laid out a vision of an "Indo Pacific" order stretching from the USA west coast to India that would be underpinned by the U.S. and its allies, a move that could be seen in Beijing as an attempt at containment or as a challenge in a region that China sees as falling under its sphere of influence. "India is a partner for peace in Afghanistan, and we welcome its assistance efforts", he said.

The US secretary of state further said there is room to invite others, including Australia, to join the US-India-Japan security engagement.

He explained why the United States and India are "two bookends of stability on either side of the globe", or, simply put, natural partners.

Tillerson said that the U.S. is "going to have important relationships with China".

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