US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday that the US will cooperate with China where it is in its best interests, but not if the interests of Washington and its allies are hurt or the rules-based international order is threatened. He will present the challenge to Beijing. He said that his country and India are like-minded in this regard.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, at a session of the ‘USIBC India Ideas Summit’ with Sherman, said India should enhance its relations with the US to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, not only for the two countries concerned. considers paramount. In his address at the session, Sherman also said that the partnership between the US and India is “inevitable” for both countries, the Indo-Pacific and the world.
This comment on the Indo-Pacific comes amid increasing aggression by China in the region. He said shared democratic values are the cornerstone of Indo-US relations and they have built a strong network of Indo-Pacific alliances and partnerships based on an international rules-based order. He said that the US-India partnership is necessary to maintain this.
“We are clear about the PRC (People’s Republic of China), we are ready to compete and compete vigorously,” Sherman said. We will compete hard with China where we should, we will cooperate with China where it is in our interest. I am sure the same is true for India.
“I think America and India are like-minded in that regard,” he said. Speaking at the US-India Business Council (USIBC) summit, Shringla said that there is every reason to believe that India-US relations will reach greater heights in the years to come as they are set to grow rapidly in many areas.
He said the rapid developments in South Asia, especially in Afghanistan, will keep India and the US connected. “We have a strong desire to ensure that both of us work together to ensure peace, security and stability in South Asia and beyond,” Shringla said.
He said that India considers its relationship with the US the most important thing not only for their respective countries but also for ensuring a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region and a peaceful and prosperous world. Sherman said there is a need for bilateral and multilateral cooperation to end the COVID pandemic, combat the climate crisis, prevent cybercrime and terrorism and solve all such challenges. He also appreciated India’s decision to resume vaccine exports.