The US diploma, Alice Wells, says India is an “important and important” player in peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, and expresses concern that India remains a “protection market”.
New Delhi: The United States has said that the recent border crossing between India and China is not “rhetorical” and that it is a sign of Beijing’s “disturbing behavior,” raising questions about its growing power.
Alice G. Wells, Deputy Under Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs, said this at a Wednesday media briefing via the Zoom app.
“This is a reminder that Chinese aggression is not always rhetorical, and whether it takes place in the South China Sea or along the Indian border, there are still provocations and disturbing behavior in China, which raises the question of how China wants to use growing growth. power, ”Wells said.
Wells, who will step down later this month, also said that because of China’s behavior, “like-minded nations” are now “gathering” with each other in a handful of diplomatic blocs like the “trilateral” (US, Japan and India) and the “square” or “square” (USA, Japan, India and Australia), which aim to support the post-World War II economic order for free and open trade.
“What one wants to see is an international system that benefits everyone, not a system in which China has superpower. So I think the border disputes are reminiscent of China’s threats, ”he added.
This is the first time the U.S. has officially spoken about the border tensions that emerged earlier this month, “exchanging exchanges” in Ladakh and Sikkim.
On the question of India playing a key role in U.S. talks with the Taliban, Wells said New Delhi was an “important” player, which is why U.S. Special Representative for Reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad embarked on a hurricane tour of India. at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is clear that India is a very important player in Afghanistan, with $ 3 billion in aid that has already been promised to the country. India is becoming a critical and critical player, which is why Ambassador Khalilzad traveled to New Delhi during the Covid closure because it was so critical to continue these consultations and talks, ”Wells said.
During the trip, Khalilzad met with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and sought New Delhi’s direct contact with the Taliban on terrorism.
Wells also said India needs to decide whether it wants to be “directly” involved in the talks with the Taliban. He said such a move by India is critical because with a new political structure where there is a chance for the Taliban to enter the general mainstream, it is essential to get in touch with them.
“We believe that a healthy Afghanistan will need healthy relations with India,” he said.
Wells said India and the United States will continue to discuss the much-anticipated bilateral trade agreement, which is expected to remain unfinished before President Donald Trump rises for re-election in November this year.
“President Trump places great emphasis on trade relations. There are concerns that India remains a fairly sheltered market that can sometimes be difficult and does not provide a level playing field for foreign companies, ”he said. He added that India continued to raise tariffs.
Wells also highlighted that in a post-pandemic world, when countries are geared towards reducing globalization and when companies are more supportive of critical production, efforts are also being made to diversify supply chains.
“This is a moment of real opportunity for India. Adopting more open and friendly policies by reducing tariffs will allow manufacturing companies in India to participate in the global supply chain,” he said.
Wells added that India is one of the world’s leading pharmacists, generic drug and vaccine manufacturers and therefore plays a critical role in “treating and healthing the world as we exit the pandemic”.