India will not be an ally of US, it will be another great power: WH official

WASHINGTON: India will not be an ally of the United States but will be another great power, a leading power The White House The official said on Thursday that no other bilateral relationship has been “deepened and consolidated” faster than between the two countries over the past 20 years.
Answering a question about India during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum meeting here, Kurt CampbellThe White House’s Asia coordinator, said that in his view, India is the most important bilateral relationship for the United States in the 21st century.
“The fact is, I don’t know of any bilateral relationship that has deepened and consolidated more rapidly than the United States and India over the past 20 years,” the top White House official told an audience at the White House. Washington.
The US needs to invest more in its capabilities and build people-to-people relationships, working together on technology and other issues, he said.
“India has a unique strategic character. It will not be an ally of the United States. It has aspirations to become a powerful, independent nation and it will be another great power. But I think there is reason to believe that our strategic alignment is growing across the board in almost every area,” Campbell said.
He noted that there are limitations in both bureaucracies and there are many challenges.
“But I believe this is a relationship so there is 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 the climate, whether it’s technology and really moving in the right direction. there,” he said.
“If you look back over the past 20 years and look at the hurdles that have been overcome and the depth of bond between our two sides, it is remarkable,” he said.
The India-US relationship is not simply built on anxiety around China, he asserted. “It’s a deeper understanding of the importance of synergies between our societies,” he said, adding that the Indian community here is a strong connection.
Campbell admits that Indians have conflicting attitudes when President Joe Biden and his administration decided to implement quartet to the leadership level.
“Perhaps there were voices in their bureaucracy that objected to that. But when the President Biden repeatedly directly appealed to the Prime Minister Revisionthey decided that this was in their interest,” he said.
The White House official said the United States is working very actively with its Indian partners on a series of important initiatives in the supply of a COVID-19 vaccine, raising awareness and education in the maritime sector. .
“I am delighted to announce that Prime Minister Albanese of Australia has invited us to an important Quartet meeting in 2023 which we think will expand our coordination, cooperation, not only in Southeast Asia and also the Indo-Pacific,” he said.
“I am very optimistic about the Quad. I think it will remain an unofficial venue. But it has many lines of communication, and it leads to strengthening and deepening coordination among these four important maritime democracies,” Campbell said.
The Quad, known as the Quadrangle Security Dialogue, is a grouping of four countries: the United States, Australia, India, and Japan.


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