US maintains ‘tremendous cooperation’ with India on Chinese border aggression: Amb Juster

Washington, July 23

The Trump administration has maintained shut contact and “tremendous cooperation” with India on the most recent Chinese border aggression, America’s high envoy in New Delhi has mentioned, asserting that the final six months have been unprecedented when it comes to the bilateral relationship.

The troops of India and China have been locked in a standoff in a number of areas alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in jap Ladakh since May 5. The state of affairs deteriorated final month following the Galwan Valley clashes that left 20 Indian Army personnel lifeless.

“For now, (we are) watching the issues on the Northern border of India in which China has raised disputes throughout the Western sector, but also in the central and East. Throughout all of this, we’ve had very close contact with our Indian counterparts and quite frankly, tremendous cooperation,” US Ambassador to India Ken Juster mentioned on Wednesday in his tackle to the digital India Ideas’ Summit organised by the US India Business Council.

The ambassador’s remarks got here two days after US Defence Secretary Mark Esper described the Chinese army’s aggressive actions within the area as “destabilising”.

Esper additionally mentioned the US was “very closely” monitoring the state of affairs between India and China alongside the Line of Actual Control.

“We have seen post the (India) visit of the President several further conversations between the President and the Prime Minister. The Secretary (of State) has spoken on numerous occasions with (External Affairs) Minister Jaishankar. I think it’s really solidified their relationship,” Juster mentioned.

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun had spoken not simply with Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla but additionally with a variety of counterparts within the Indo Pacific area, he mentioned.

Juster mentioned there had been a number of ministerial-level interactions between the 2 nations, together with the one between Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

“The two countries also had a strategic energy partnership meeting. It is showing the breadth and the depth of the issues that the two countries work on together,” he mentioned, including: “I think because of the intensity of the last six months, we’ve really had a new level of comfort in dealing with each other, a degree of trust and respect to get things done.”

“I remember, issues we had and repatriation flights, where we had to get cooperation, not just from the Home Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs but also at the local levels with state officials and with police officers. It shows the importance of these individual relationships” he mentioned.

Through all of this and the depth of the final six months and the vary of feelings from an extremely profitable presidential go to to coping with lockdown and all of the pressing points that got here out of that, “we’ve really transformed a strategic partnership into a comprehensive global strategic partnership,” Juster mentioned.

“As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said recently, what may be the most important partnership of the 21st century. So that’s really what I think the last six months have done to solidify this relationship,” the highest American diplomat mentioned. PTI

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