U.S. puts pressure on Pakistan on behest of India, says Chinese scholar

07 September, 2018, 19:28 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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India, one of the biggest US arms buyers, has been at odds with Washington recently over new USA sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation, two of its economic and regional partners. In both countries, they have a strong technological bent in India, so this two-way street, not a one-way.

Under the agreement, the USA will also "transfer high-tech communications platforms to India", NYT reported. "They will certainly come up, but I don't think they will be the primary focus of what it is we are trying to accomplish here", he said.

"There are very detailed conversations taking place between the United States and India on just the technical issues related to going to zero and those conversations will continue", the official added.

He mentioned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement at the Shangri-La Dialogue last June that said 'a commitment to common values must be shared - the foundation upon which we build a shared destiny'.

"The sanctions aren't meant to adversely impact countries like India", said Pompeo.

U.S. -India ties, she said, have reached "unprecedented heights".

They held talks with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and senior officials.

"While he is delicately balancing relations in his geographic neighbourhood with recent tensions with China in Doklam and arms sales with Russia, Modi sees a bright future with the United States", he said in the op-ed.

"Defense cooperation has emerged as the most significant dimension of our strategic partnership and as a key driver of our overall bilateral relationship", she said.

Sitharaman told a joint press briefing the agreement "will enhance India's defense preparedness".

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The presence of USA troops in Afghanistan has heightened US sensitivity to the rivalry between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.

"We fully support India's rise as a leading global power", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the start of the summit.

Pompeo also said India had committed to purchasing more energy products and aircraft from the U.S.to reduce the trade deficit.

The focus of the dialogue will be to deepen strategic ties and resolve differences over India's defence engagement with Russian Federation and crude oil import from Iran.

Raja Mohan downplayed reports in the US and Indian media that Trump has mimicked Modi's accent in meetings with his top officials.

On the US Congress considering a raft of bills looking at cutting the numbers of the H-1B visas used extensively by Indian software professionals, Swaraj said she hoped the US would implement a "non-discriminatory" and "predictable" visa regime "given its high impact on innovation, competitiveness and people-to-people partnership".

Modi, he notes, is long past the days when, as the top official in the Indian state of Gujarat, he was denied a USA visa because of accusations he did not do enough to quell 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots.

The two sides also discussed the ongoing efforts by India and the U.S. in promoting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan government-controlled reconciliation process, that brings together all ethnic groups and political formation in that country, the minister added.

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