Warning for China as United States hails India 'partnership'

Rex Tillerson

Ahead of Trump's Asia visit, Secretary Rex Tillerson to deliver major India policy speech on Wednesday

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.

"We'll never have the same relationship with China, a nondemocratic society, that we can have with India", Tillerson said in answering a question after a speech on India at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are committed - more than any of our leaders before them - to building an ambitious partnership that benefits not only our two great democracies but other sovereign nations working toward greater peace and stability", said Tillerson.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said that the world's two greatest democracies should have the two greatest militaries.

The proposals forward by the U.S. include sale of Guardian UAVs, aircraft carrier technologies, the future vertical-lift programme, and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft.

"The Trump Administration is determined to dramatically deepen ways for the USA and India to work together", he said, adding that India's security concerns were the US' security concerns as well.

"India and U.S. are cross-screening known and suspected terrorists". "China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly".

He said Modi's visit to the White House highlighted the many areas of cooperation between the two nations, including defense, counterterrorism efforts and expanding energy cooperation.

He added that the US seeks constructive relations with China but "won't shrink" from the challenges it poses when it "subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries, and disadvantages the USA and our friends".

The US Secretary of State also slammed China for "violating worldwide norms in the South China Sea".

Tillerson said even as the United States and India grow their economic and defence cooperation, they must have an eye to include other nations which share their goals.

Tillerson's remarks came in advance of his upcoming trip to South Asia, including a visit to New Delhi.

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson says the Donald Trump administration expects Pakistan to take "decisive action against terrorist groups" based within its borders.

"In this period of uncertainty and angst, India needs a reliable partner on the world stage".

"The United States and India are increasingly global partners with growing strategic convergence". Trump had also sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. "Trump and Modi are committed - more than any of our leaders before them - to building an ambitious partnership that benefits not only our two great democracies but other sovereign nations working toward greater peace and stability", said Tillerson before CSIS, a top U.S. think tank.

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