US Senate committee backs enhanced ties with India

Washington, April 22

A powerful Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved the key China strategic competition Bill which among other things supports the Quad grouping and enhances security partnership with India.

Known as the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the Quad grouping comprises the US, India, Australia and Japan.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, following a three hour debate and several amendments voted 21-1 to approve the Strategic Competition Act on Wednesday. The US should reaffirm its commitment to the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with India and further deepen bilateral defence consultations and collaboration with the country, says the bipartisan Bill moved by Senators Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The two lawmakers described the legislation as an unprecedented, bipartisan effort to mobilise all American strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that enables the US government to compete effectively with China and the challenges it poses to its national and economic security for decades to come. — PTI

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