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    Strong India to counterbalance China's aggression: US files

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    The document also claimed that the US would support India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group and work “with India toward domestic economic reform”.

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    New Delhi: Days ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the US President, the Donald Trump administration declassified a sensitive document on the US strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific which asserted that a strong India would act as a “counterbalance” to China and signalled that the US would bolster India against China’s aggression along LAC.

    The US strategy for the Indo-Pacific, framed in 2018, envisaged bolstering India’s capacities so that it could join hands with other like-minded countries, Australia and Japan, to act as “a counterbalance to China” and maintain the capacity to counter challenges from China such as “border provocations” and access to cross-border rivers. The document also claimed that the US would support India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group and work “with India toward domestic economic reform”.

    The goal of the strategy, it said, was India-US cooperation to “preserve maritime security and counter Chinese influence in South and Southeast Asia and other regions of mutual concern”. It said the US also aimed to support creation of a maritime information fusion centre in the Indian Ocean, establish a regional forum to promote common principles and standards. and establish a new initiative with South Asian partners modelled on the Maritime Security Initiative in Southeast Asia. However, a number of sentences in the document have been redacted. Experts said the document was declassified in order to give a policy direction to the incoming Biden presidency.

    The US aims to help India become a net security provider in the region, solidify a lasting strategic partnership with India “underpinned by a strong Indian military able to effectively collaborate” with the US and its regional partners, according to the declassified document.
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    7 Comments on this Story

    varadharajan balasubramanian3 days ago
    Americans will never like India to become a super power to browbeat China. The Chinese action in south China sea will harm some nation/s but not US. The US interest is always their superiority of their currency and their power. Let us believe in our inherent strength than that of US.
    Basant Raj Bhandari3 days ago
    The premature declassifying of the documents is more to magnify how Trump administration viewed India's strategic importance in his crusade against China. It is also to indicate the coming Biden administration, what to follow in future of its ties with India.Simultaneously to notify China that US fight will not subside even after 20th January,2021.
    Madhurima Mandal3 days ago
    well all the neighbouring countries of China are disgusted with its expansionist policy claiming everything even the sea even Japan is disgusted
    I was wondering china is claiming South China sea probably because the sea is named after it then India should also claim the Indian Ocean....anyways it's stupid
    so coming back to my point India is the only country to actually confront China like that for so many months like its almost like a year now...in the last incident China was forced to concede
    so of course we dnt have such expertise economic conditions to be even noticed by China but hell yeah we can confront them in the strongest way possible which no country can do given the economic military prowess of China....so Mr Steven whatever...get ur facts correct
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