China: Rex Tillerson 'Biased' for Accusations of Predatory Economic Policy

Rex Tillerson on US-India relations

Prior to his maiden visit to India in his official capacity, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made clear Washingtons position on key geopolitical and strategic matters pertaining to the Indo-Pacific and South Asian regions, saying the "Trump administration is determined to dramatically deepen ways for the United States and India" to further their strategic partnership that is heading for "strategic convergence" and put China and Pakistan on notice that it meant to "do what is needed" to support India.

Mentioning China 13 times in his speech on the future of United States relations with India, Tillerson accused China of "undermining the worldwide, rules-based order", argued China's "provocative actions" in the South China Sea "directly challenge" the USA, and said China's economic cooperation model "saddles" developing economies with enormous levels of debt. In his remarks, the secretary of state repeatedly compared India with China and bluntly criticized China's foreign policy in recent years. "He brought out its various strengths and highlighted our shared commitment to a rule-based global order", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, referring to the distinction the USA functionary drew between India and China.

"The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we will not shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order and where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries and disadvantages the USA and our friends", Tillerson said. The Secretary is in regular contact with Chinese leadership.

In a development that Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed but described as purely "customary", Pakistan's new High Commissioner in Delhi, Sohail Mahmood, met Ms. Swaraj on October 17. Just $5 a month.

We appreciate Tillerson's positive evaluation of the relationship and share his optimism about its future directions, it added.

The notion involves roping India, the US, Australia and Japan into a four-cornered cordon for China's economic and military presence in the Pacific. "Neither will China give up its own legitimate rights and interests".

The remarks coincide with the start of a week-long Chinese Communist Party congress at which President Xi Jinping is seeking to further consolidate his power.

Ahead of his visit to New Delhi, Tillerson on Wednesday sought greater cooperation between India and the U.S. for a free and open Indo-Pacific and to counter the hegemonic aspirations of China.

"The Secretary's visit to India will advance the ambitious agenda laid out by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi during the Prime Minister's visit to the White House in June", she said. Is it really a sophisticated diplomatic tactic for the United States to upset China so soon before the country hosts Trump? We look forward to welcoming him in India next week for detailed discussions on further strengthening of our partnership, " Kumar said. He also termed India as a "partner" in a "strategic relationship".

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