US defense secretary Mark Esper said today that the “relationship with India is “one of the all-important defense relationships of the 21st century.
Esper talking on the India-US maritime exercise at Andaman and Nicobar islands which occurred on Monday, said that the current exercise illustrates “our common pledge to more grounded maritime participation and a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
India and US naval forces led a maritime exercise on Monday called the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Indian Ocean. Units of US Navy Nimitz Carrier Strike Group participated in the activity in the midst of developing strains among India and China after the conflict at Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian warriors had passed on in real life.
Four US naval force and Indian boats participated in the drill with the Indian armada comprising of Rajput-class destroyer, Shivalik class frigates and Kamorta-class against submarine fighting corvette.
“We are observing intently what’s going on the Line of Control(LAC),” Esper stated, adding,”we are satisfied the two sides are attempting to de-heighten the circumstance.”
“The littler the nation, your arms gets wound,” Esper said alluding to China. “Our bearers have been in South China Sea and Indo-Pacific since World War-II. We will back sway of our companions and accomplices,” Esper stated.
Esper said there was “incredible multilateral participation” lately while including that he sees respective and even multilateral FONOPs(Freedom of Navigation Operations) occurring in the South China Sea as a demonstration of power against China.
“China’s activity on coronavirus is an entire other conversation about China’s terrible conduct,” he included.
“I was in Hong Kong in 1997 for the handover, I don’t accept anybody in Taiwan accepts that China has any aim of satisfying its One Country, Two Systems guarantee, so it is an issue,” he said on the ongoing Hong Kong emergency after China forced the national security law, while including that the United States would keep on directing arms deals to Taiwan and FONOPs in the Taiwan Strait.