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  • December 20, 2017

US Security Policy Declares “India a Leading Global Power”

The new National Security Strategy (NSS) made by the US said that it will "deepen" America's strategic partnership with India and will back its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the region. The document said the US will seek to increase quadrilateral cooperation with Japan, Australia, and India.

"We will expand our defence and security cooperation with India, a Major Defence Partner of the United States, and support India's growing relationships throughout the region," it said.

The document stated it will urge Pakistan to strengthen its counter-terrorism efforts, since no partnership can survive a country's backing for militants and terrorists who target a partner's own service members and officials.

"The United States will also encourage Pakistan to continue demonstrating that it is a responsible steward of its nuclear assets," it said. However, the US will continue to partner with Afghanistan to promote peace and security in the region.

"The prospect for an Indo-Pakistani military conflict that could lead to a nuclear exchange remains a key concern requiring consistent diplomatic attention," NSS said.

Regarding China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Trump government said that it will help South Asian countries "maintain their sovereignty" as China increases its influence in the region. India has expressed concern over CPEC as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The latest Chinese move in Sri Lanka and Maldives is also perceived as an attempt on their part to encroach on their sovereignty with similar fears in Pakistan.

 

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