Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US, India Stand Shoulder to Shoulder Against Terrorism: Rex Tillerson

US, India Stand Shoulder to Shoulder Against Terrorism: Rex Tillerson

"We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based in their own region", Tillerson said, adding, "China's provocative actions in South China Sea directly challenge the worldwide law and norms that the USA and India both stand for".

In remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday coinciding with Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech Tuesday laying out the Communist Party's agenda at a twice-per-decade leadership meeting, Tillerson pointedly reached out to India. "We are looking forward to the "2 plus 2" inaugural dialogue with PM Modi and President Trump", he said, adding the USA and India should work together to maintain "peace and stability" in the Indo-Pacific region. He cited India's role as the world's most populous democracy and said democracies like India and the United States should be the anchors of security in the Pacific.

Interestingly, Tillerson said that India and USA would start a new dialogue on terrorist designations.

He said the world needed the US and India to have a strong partnership. He also noted that China, while compared to India, had contributed very less to counter terrorism. "But we won't shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order, or where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries, and disadvantages the USA and our friends".

He added that the US seeks constructive relations with China but "won't shrink" from the challenges it poses when it "subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries, and disadvantages the USA and our friends". "China's provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the global law and norms that United States and India both stand for", Rex Tillerson said.

And he indicated that China's actions in the South China Sea are a challenge to worldwide law, as far as both the United States and India are concerned.

He said Modi's visit to the White House highlighted the many areas of cooperation between the two nations, including defense, counterterrorism efforts and expanding energy cooperation.

Tillerson's remarks came in advance of his upcoming trip to South Asia, including a visit to New Delhi.

Earlier this year, instructors from the U.S. and Indian Armies came together to build United Nations peacekeeping capacity among African partners, a program that we hope to continue expanding. "I couldn't agree more", Mr Tillerson said, referring to US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

President Trump had vowed to boost strategic partnership with India in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are committed more than any other leaders before them to building an ambitious partnership, Tillerson asserted.

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