Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Minister Mark Esper are coming to India next week. Mark Asper announced this on Tuesday. The visit of the US Secretary of State and the Defense Minister has been held to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and China. The US Defense Minister said, “India will be the best resulting partner in the Indo-Pacific for us, in this century.”

Mark Asper said that his visit is part of a broader US initiative for new developments against Russian and Chinese efforts to consolidate old alliances and build its own global network. According to reports, there may also be discussions between US and Indian counterpart ministers to increase the sharing of intelligence input.

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Taking favor with India over the border dispute with China, Mark Esper said, ‘India is the largest democratic country in the world. India is a worthy country full of qualified people. People there are facing the Chinese every day in the Himalayas. Mark Asper’s statement came after Australia made a statement that it would join military drill with India next month. Malabar is taking part in joint exercises not only with India but also America and Japan. This drill will be in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal in November.

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In a statement issued in this regard, the central government said, ‘India is keen to increase cooperation with other countries in the matter of maritime security. The Australian Navy will also participate in the Malabar 2020 exercises. Please tell that under the bilateral naval cooperation of India and America, the Malabar exercise was started in 1992. In 2018, this annual exercise took place off the coast of Guam in the Philippines and in 2019 off the coast of Japan. This year it will be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

 

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