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U.S. wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise: Tillerson

19 October 2017

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

He said that the US-India-Japan trilateral maritime exercises would work to strengthen the security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region.

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are committed to building an "ambitious" partnership that benefits not just their countries but also other nations working towards peace and stability, America's top diplomat said today. He said the US will turn to its partners to bring more stability to Afghanistan, where the USA has had troops for almost 16 years in what has become America's longest war.

Tillerson said the US wants to improve India's military capabilities, it has offered to sell it unarmed Guardian surveillance drones, aircraft carrier technologies and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft, he said. "Yet we do not encounter significant numbers of Indian Muslims among foreign fighters in the ranks of ISIS or other terror groups, which speaks to the strengths of Indian society", Tillerson said, echoing the Bush administration, which first made such an observation, while implicitly rejecting the apprehensions of some liberal sections who fear that New Delhi is controlled by a Hindu nationalist government.

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Tillerson's words built on efforts during the Obama administration to deepen economic and defense ties with India, seeing it as a potential counterweight to a rising China. "This new approach will require understanding and restraint from both Pakistan and India", she said at a talk at the US-India Friendship Council. "We've also supported India's rise".

"We need to collaborate with India to ensure that the Indo-Pacific is increasingly a place of peace, stability, and growing prosperity - so that it does not become a region of disorder, conflict and predatory economics", he added.

"We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based there that threaten its own people and the broader region".

"States that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their worldwide reputation standing diminished." he stated, adding that it was the obligation, not choice, of every civilised nation to combat terrorism.

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Tillerson's speech on Wednesday, a rare policy address for America's top diplomat since he took office more than eight months ago, was in keeping with a broader shift on South Asia under which the USA intends to seek India's help more often as a partner in Afghanistan. He accused China of breaking global norms of behavior in the South China Sea, which he said threaten the goals of India and the U.S. The U.S. -India maritime cooperation complimented India's "Act East" policy, he contended. "China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the global, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations' sovereignty", Tillerson said.

His remarks comes as US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that India can help the US keep an eye on Pakistan as President Trump has "taken tougher approach to Islamabad harbouring terrorists". "But we are not going to shrink or ignore China's challenges to the rules based order".

He also lashed out at China and said that the dragon, while rising alongside India, "has done so less responsibly at times undermining the worldwide rules based order".

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U.S. wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise: Tillerson