Golez: US-INDIA ALLIANCE LOGICAL: "Tillerson Seeks Stronger Ties With India, Chides China | Political News | US News https://t.co/gduufHazMH
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1. EXPAND US-INDIA STRATEGIC ALLIANCE: "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability."
"Tillerson's remarks on relations between the world's two largest democracies, ahead of his first trip to South Asia as secretary of state, risked endearing Washington to one Asian power while alienating another."
2. US AND INDIA HAVE SHARED GOALS: "Tillerson said the world needed the U.S. and India to have a strong partnership. He said the two nations share goals of security, free navigation, free trade and fighting terrorism in the Indo-Pacific, and serve as "the eastern and western beacons" for an international rules-based order which is increasingly under strain.
3. INDIA RESPECTS RULES, WHILE CHINA HAD AT TIMES UNDERMINED RULES LIKE ISLAND BUILDING IN SOUTH CHINA SEA: "Both India and China had benefited from that order, but Tillerson said India had done so while respecting rules and norms, while China had "at times" undermined them. To make his point, he alluded to China's island building and expansive territorial claims in seas where Beijing has long-running disputes with Southeast Asian neighbors.
4. CHINA'S PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: "China's provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the international law and norms that the United States and India both stand for," Tillerson said in an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank."