US and India must focus on threat posed by China: Pompeo

News Desk

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has said the United States (US) and India must work together to confront the threat posed by China to security and freedom.

According to media reports, Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on Monday along with Defence Secretary Mark Esper for an annual strategic dialogue at a time of heightened tension in the region, with Indian troops confronting Chinese forces on their disputed Himalayan border.

Before the talks with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, Mike Pompeo has said that today is a new opportunity for two great democracies like ours to grow closer.

The US State Secretary further said, “There is much more work to do for sure. We have a lot to discuss today: Our cooperation on the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, to confronting the Chinese Communist Party’s threats to security and freedom to promoting peace and stability throughout the region.

It is to be mentioned here that Donald Trump has made being tough on China a key part of his campaign to secure a second term in next week’s presidential election and Mike Pompeo has been trying to bolster allies to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

However, China dismissed Pompeo’s accusations. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news briefing in Beijing, “We urge Pompeo to abandon his Cold War mentality, zero-sum mindset, and stop harping on the China threat.”