India and USA are ready for China: US deputy secretary

The two nations are ready to compete with China, US deputy secretary Wendy Sherman stated, warning “economic coercion” could hamper attempts to build a powerful international economy.

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New Delhi: The United States of America and India are like-minded partners, and the two nations are ready to compete with China, US deputy secretary Wendy Sherman stated, warning “economic coercion” could hamper attempts to build a powerful international economy.

“We do ask that countries understand that economic coercion is not the way forward to build a strong international economy and global prosperity and security,” she stated while addressing the US India Business Council session on Wednesday along with Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Wendy Sherman said that she had a “very extensive” conversation with Shringla, and she also met Ajit Doval, national security adviser on several matters of mutual interest.

“I had excellent meetings here, and I think we all are ready to do the work that’s necessary to ensure prosperity, peace, and stability in the world,” she stated while answering a particular question related to China. Sherman and Shringla were delivering keynotes on “Strategic Convergence – Aligning Our Economies and Our Indo-Pacific Ambitions’

She stated that the two nations have shared democratic values that are the “bedrock of US-India relationship” as the two are the largest as well as the oldest democracies in the world.  “And we reaffirmed our strategic partnership over several past administrations. And we built a strong network of Indo-Pacific alliances and partnerships as well and they are all based on the international rules-based order,” she said.

“We have a shared interest where major defence partners concluded four major defence-enabling agreements in recent years,” she further added.

Highlighting China, she quoted, “Regarding the PRC [People’s Republic of China], we’ve been clear. We’re ready to compete and compete vigorously, but we want a level playing field and you heard U.S. trade representative Tie [Katherine Tai] talked about this.”

On October 4, Tai stated that the US will take “all steps necessary” to protect itself against the “waves of damage inflicted over the years through unfair competition”.

Underlining the event, Shringla said, “India considers its relations with the United States to be of paramount importance” not only for the respective nations but to ensure a “free, open, inclusive, and prosperous” Indo-Pacific.

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