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China has nothing to fear from Indo-US defence pact: State Department

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures as India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj looks on during their joint news conference in New Delhi, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures as India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj looks on during their joint news conference in New Delhi, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Washington: China has nothing to fear from stronger ties between India and the US after the two countries inked a logistics defence pact, the Obama administration has said.

“Broadly speaking, a deepening, stronger, more cooperative bilateral relationship with India is not something that anybody should fear or worry about,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

Kirby was responding to a question on China’s reaction the defence pact between India and the US that will enable their militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.

“We both are democracies, we both have incredible opportunities and influence on the global stage, and a better relationship between the United States and India is not just good for our two countries, not just good for the region, it’s good for the world,” he said.

“There’s already a tremendous partnership between the United States and India which cuts across quite a few sectors and it’s not just security and defense related. It’s economic, trade and information and technology sharing,” he said in response to a question.

“It is a pretty full and complete, comprehensive relationship and it’s one that we are committed to deepening and strengthening and I think that’s why the secretary of defense’s counterpart is here. It’s why the secretary (of State) and the secretary of commerce, (Penny) Pritzker, are there in New Delhi,” he said.

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