India to sign defensive agreement with US following Himalayan standoff with China

Hong Kong The United States and India have reaffirmed their defensive and security relationship, as Washington continues to rally allies in Asia amid concerns over increased Chinese military activity in the region.

In a meeting Monday in the Indian capital, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh discussedmilitary to military cooperationand the upcoming Malabar naval exercises, secondo una dichiarazione from the Indian defense ministry.
The statement also indicated that the two sides would sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) to enable greater geo-spatial information-sharing.
The Malabar drills, which will be held in the Indian Ocean next month, will feature all members of the so-called Quad, an informal alliance of the US, India, Japan and Australia, which has been proposed by some as a potentialAsian NATO,” intended to counterbalance Chinese military strength in the region.
    In a meeting of the Quad earlier this month in Tokyo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo railed against il “Chinese Communist Party’s coverupin the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, and sayingit is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP’s exploitation, corruzione, and coercion.
    Speaking to reporters after that meeting, a senior state department official said thatthere’s no avoiding the fact that it’s China and its actions in the region that make the Quad actually matter and function this time around.
    The official said asudden turn toward gross aggression by the Chinese Government in its entire peripheryhad alarmed Beijing’s regional neighbors, and pointed in particular to ongoing tensions between India and China over their shared border in the Himalayas.
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    Pompeo, who is also in Delhi this week, ha detto in una dichiarazione ahead of the trip that the partnership between the US and India iscritical to the security and prosperity of both countries, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world.
    We are expanding cooperation between our two militaries. This includes our navies, which play a critical role in ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific,” he said in a separate statement, aggiungendo quello “the United States welcomes India’s emergence as a leading regional and global power.
    India has long attempted to balance relations with Washington and Beijing, with whom it shares a 2,100 mile-long (3,379 kilometer), hotly-disputed border. That boundary has been the site of major tensions this year, following a bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops in June which left dozens of soldiers dead.
    The signing of the BECA agreement, as indicated in the joint statement from the defense chiefs, would likely give New Delhi access to US geo-spatial intelligence, potentially improving the accuracy of Indian weapons systems along the frontier.
    Lo scorso mese, both India and China accused the other of trespassing across the de facto border, the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and attempts at deescalation have struggled, though on September 21 both sides agreed to stop sending more troops to the disputed area.
    That attempt at deescalation has not stopped Chinese state media continuing to rail against India, tuttavia.
    Considering that the US administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy is widely perceived to be aimed at China, whether New Delhi will enthusiastically jump onto Washington’s bandwagon will serve as a weather vane for the future of the USIndo-Pacific strategy,” the state-run newspaper China Daily said in a commentary questo mese, later republished by the official website of the People’s Liberation Army.
    Border skirmishes with China may prompt India to draw closer to the US side so as to gain more leverage in its negotiations with China. Ma, blindly following the USlead will only push it closer to a head-on conflict with China, which would not be in its interests,” ha aggiunto.
    In un altro commentary questa settimana, state news agency Xinhua denounced the upcoming Malabar drills, saying they were evidence the Quadis mulling military and security cooperation for self-serving political interests.
      Quad members need to realize that attempting to stir up rivalry in the region goes against the trend of the times and will definitely not be accepted by major countries worldwide,” Xinhua ha detto. “Some countriesattempts to advocate a Cold War mentality and create chaos in the region will only shoot themselves in the foot.
      Writing on Twitter Tuesday in response to an article in Indian media about how Delhi should embrace the Quad, Chinese diplomat Li Bijian askeddo you know what will be the aftermath of playing with fire?”

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