Just a week before the election in the US, President Donald Trump’s two top national security aides will visit India to discuss some issues, including China’s growing global power.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Minister Mark Esper will meet their Indian counterparts on Tuesday for strategic and security talks.
According to the news agency PTI, it is believed that amidst the heat of the election, US President Trump will try to put the message of his anti-China campaign once again.
The US Defense Minister and Foreign Minister will participate in the third Indo-US 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue on 27 October with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and will also hold bilateral meetings with their counterparts.
According to news agency ANI, he will also meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the US State Department, the upcoming 2 + 2 ministerial dialogue between India and the US will focus on four topics – regional security cooperation, defense information sharing, military-military contacts and defense trade.
On Friday, the US State Department gave this information while talking to the media.
“By regional security cooperation, we mean that we are working to increase maritime security in the Indian Ocean region by coordinating security, cooperation and building capacity with the countries of the region,” a ministry official said.
The US side had already said that India-China border deadlock in Ladakh is expected to be measured in 2 + 2 talks.
Earlier this month, Tokyo Pompeo participated in a quad meeting with their counterparts in India, Japan and Australia.
The quad is seen as a retaliation for China. Critics say that this group is strengthening its military strength in this entire region.
Mike Pompeo said, “As partners in the Quad, it has become even more important now that we together protect our people and allies from the exploitation, corruption and bigotry of the Communist Party of China (CCP).” We have seen this in the South, East China Sea, Mekong, Himalaya, Taiwan Strait. These are just a few examples.”
Indian Foreign Minister S.K. Jaishankar had said that all members of the group are committed to maintaining a ‘rule-based international order which includes rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation across international seas, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes. ‘
India had not named China even once. However, within a few hours of the end of the meeting, the Chinese Foreign Ministry gave its response.
China had said in a statement, “Instead of targeting third parties and undermining their interests, there should be cooperation among regional countries to build mutual understanding and trust”.