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Closer ties between India and US matter amid Chinese ‘aggression’: US lawmakers

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WASHINGTON: Supporting the bipartisan-backed relationship between India and the United States, two leading US lawmakers have said the close association between the two countries is becoming important in light of the “aggression” New Delhi is facing from Beijing.
Writing jointly to demonstrate strong bipartisan support for the U.S.-India relationship, the chairman and senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a letter to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said members Both parties recognize the impact that a strong United States- Indian society will have on the trajectory of the 21st century.
“As Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi said in February this year, our ties ‘are no longer just another partnership. It is a much greater and closer relationship,'” said the letter signed by Eliot Engel, Speaker of the House of Foreign affairs And Michael T McCaul, its most senior member.
“This closer relationship is even more important as India faces aggression from China along its shared border, which is part of the consistent pattern of belligerent and illegal territorial aggression by the Chinese government across the Indo-Pacific,” said the two powerful congressmen.
His comments came amid the India-China border clash in eastern Ladakh.
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The United States will remain steadfast in support of India’s efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the letter said on August 5 and was shared by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“As champions of the US-Indian relationship, we have been delighted to see our countries’ close cooperation on issues ranging from defense to climate change. It is because of our support for the bilateral relationship that we note with concern that conditions in Jammu and Kashmir they have not been normalized a year after the repeal of article 370 by India and the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir as Union territory, “they wrote.
“We recognize serious security and counterterrorism concerns in the region and look forward to working with your government to address these concerns while maintaining our shared commitments to the democratic values ​​and freedoms on which the bond of our countries was built,” the lawmakers wrote.
“As Prime Minister Modi said earlier this year, ‘Unity in diversity and the vitality of unity is the key to a strong India-US relationship.’ We look forward to working with you to continue to strengthen and advance this. vibrant and transcendent relationship “. Engel and McCaul wrote.

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