The United States Department of State has said that it would be more important than ever for them to work with “like-minded” partners such as India rather than working with China that has shown its “aggressive behaviour” across the India-Pacific from the Himalayas to the South China Sea.
“Given China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour across the India-Pacific from the Himalayas to the South China Sea, it’s more important than ever that we work with like-minded partners such as India,” the US Department of State, said in a statement issued on Friday.
Speaking at the Washington Foreign Press Center, the US administration said that “as the United States, Japan, Australia, and India (QUAD) are getting together to cooperate on one issue or another, if there are other countries that want to participate in those discussions or those activities, the door is always open.”
The US statement comes ahead of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the US secretary of defence Mark Esper’s visit to India next week.
Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar, along with their Japanese and Australian counterparts, met in Tokyo on October 6 for the second Quad meeting of foreign ministers.
Pompeo would travel to New Delhi for the third India-US 2+2 Dialogue next week on his second Asia trip in less than a month that would also take him to Maldives, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Times of India reported.
Meanwhile, following the sixth round of military talks between India and China, both the countries have announced a slew of decisions including “not to send more armed forces personnel to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate matters.”