‘India is another great power…’: White House official asserts at Aspen Security Forum meeting in US

Washington: India will not be an ally of the United States but another major power, a top White House official said on Thursday, asserting that there is no other bilateral relationship that has grown more rapidly between the two countries in the past 20 years. Getting “deeper and stronger”. years. Responding to a question on India during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum meeting here, White House Asia Coordinator Kurt Campbell said India is in his view the most important bilateral relationship for the US in the 21st century.

“The fact is that I don’t know of any bilateral relationship that has grown deeper and stronger over the past 20 years than the one between the United States and India,” the top White House official told an audience in Washington. He said the United States needs to invest even more of its potential in working together on technology and other issues, and building people-to-people ties. “India has a unique strategic character. It will not be an ally of the United States. It aspires to be an independent, powerful state and will be another great power. But I think there are reasons to believe that our strategic alignment is growing in almost every area,” Campbell said.

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He said that there are obstructions in both the bureaucracy and there are many challenges. “But I believe this is a relationship that should have some ambition. We should look at the things that we can do together, whether it’s in space, whether it’s education, whether it’s on climate, whether it’s technology, and really move in that direction,” he said. He said, “If you look at the last 20 years and look at the barriers that have been crossed and the depth of engagement between our two sides, it is remarkable.”

He stressed that India-US relations are not built solely on concerns about China. “It is a deep understanding of the importance of synergy between our societies,” he said, adding that the Indian diaspora here is a powerful connection. Campbell acknowledged that the Indians were ambivalent when President Joe Biden and his administration decided to elevate the Quad to leader level.

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“Perhaps there were voices in his bureaucracy that were against it. But when President Biden made repeated direct appeals to Prime Minister Modi, he decided it was in his best interest.” A White House official said that the US is working very constructively with its Indian partners on a major set of initiatives in the maritime domain awareness and education for COVID-19 vaccine delivery. “I am thrilled to say that Prime Minister Albanese of Australia has invited us for a major Quad meeting in 2023, which we think will expand our coordination and cooperation, not only in Southeast Asia, but also in India- Even in the Pacific,” he said. “I am very optimistic on the Quad. I think it will remain an informal venue. But it has many lines of communication, and it has led to the strengthening and deepening of coordination among these four major maritime democracies,” Campbell said Told. The Quad, better known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a group of four countries: the United States, Australia, India, and Japan.