US President-elect Joe Biden has made it clear that he intends to extend US’ support to India once he takes up the role of POTUS.
Indo-Chinese relations have been dented due to the rising tensions between both the militaries along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh since May. And Joe Biden considers China to be an issue. Biden’s close aide, Antony Blinken, said on November 24 that they will be closely associated with India to combat China.
“We have a common challenge which is to deal with an increasingly assertive China across the board, including its aggression toward India at the Line of Actual Control,” Blinken said.
Blinken responded to a question from Richard Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, by saying that Biden is keen to strengthen relations between US and India, and work closely with India after taking charge as the new US President.
“During the Obama-Biden administration, we worked very hard to establish India as a key contributing member of the Indo-Pacific strategy. And that includes India’s role in working with like minded partners to strengthen and uphold a rules-based order in the Indo Pacific, in which no country, including China, can threaten its neighbours with impunity,” Blinken said.
“That role needs to extend even beyond the region as vast as it is to the world at large. In a Biden administration, we would be an advocate for India to play a leading role in international institutions and that includes helping India get a seat on a reformed United Nations Security Council. We would work together to strengthen India’s defence, and also add its capabilities as a counterterrorism partner,” he added.