Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that India was pressured to vary its strategic posture and be a part of the four-nation Quad alliance on account of China’s rising aggression.
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP file photograph)
By India Today Web Desk: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that India, recognized for its unbiased overseas coverage, was pressured to vary its strategic stance and be a part of the four-nation Quad alliance on account of China’s rising aggression.
This comes a day after experiences emerged of Pompeo claiming that his then Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj instructed him that Pakistan was getting ready for a nuclear assault within the wake of the Balakot surgical strike in February 2019, and India was getting ready its personal escalatory response.
Pompeo, one in all former US President Donald Trump’s most hawkish advisers on China, defined in his newest ebook how Washington succeeded in bringing India on board the Quad grouping after years of ambivalence from New Delhi.
“The country (India) has always charted its own course without a true alliance system, and that is still mostly the case. But China’s actions have caused India to change its strategic posture in the last few years,” Pompeo wrote in his lately launched ebook ‘Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love’.
In his ebook, Pompeo traced the main occasions that led to a decline in India-China ties lately – from Beijing’s rising closeness with Islamabad, its Belt and Road Initiative push, border disputes that escalated to a showdown between Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan, and India’s retaliatory ban on dozens of Chinese apps like TikTok.
The Republican additionally blamed Covid-19, which he has known as the “Wuhan virus” previously, for the souring of bilateral relations between the 2 neighbours.
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“I was sometimes asked why India had moved away from China, and my answer came straight from what I heard from Indian leadership: ‘Wouldn’t you?’ times were changing — and creating an opportunity for us to try something new and pull the US and India more closely together than ever,” Pompeo writes.
He additionally termed India the “wild card” in Quad as a result of it was a nation based on socialist ideology and didn’t align itself with both the US or the erstwhile USSR throughout the Cold War.
WHAT IS QUAD?
The Quadrilateral Initiative – informally named the Quad – first started in May 2007 with a gathering between the US, Japan, India and Australia within the Philippine capital Manila.
The casual grouping, championed by Japan’s then prime minister Shinzo Abe, was considered by analysts as an try to step up co-operation within the face of a quickly rising China.
However when Beijing despatched formal protests concerning the Quad, its members mentioned their “strategic partnership” was solely aimed toward sustaining regional safety and was not concentrating on any explicit nation. The Quad group then misplaced momentum.
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Quad was revived in 2017, as Japan, India and Australia gave form to the long-pending proposal of establishing the coalition to counter China’s aggressive behaviour within the resource-rich Indo-Pacific area.
Pompeo described the previous Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as a worldwide chief of extraordinary braveness and imaginative and prescient. “[Abe] is regarded as the father of the Quad, demonstrating his foresight in viewing the CCP as a threat,” he writes.
Pompeo additionally praised former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for displaying braveness and standing up towards Chinese aggression.
The Japanese and Australian legs of the Quad have been sturdy and getting stronger with our help, he added.
China has beforehand made clear its misgivings concerning the Quad grouping, warning towards “exclusive cliques” that concentrate on third events.
(With PTI inputs)
Jan 26, 2023