US military wants India to counter China’s rise

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The US military is reaching out to India for possible cooperation on counterbalancing China’s rise as a maritime power.

According to Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, Washington is looking to garner more support from India and other regional players to continue the so-called freedom-of-navigation patrols in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

“In the not too distant future, American and Indian Navy vessels steaming together will become a common and welcome sight throughout Indo-Asia-Pacific waters,” he said, “as we work together to maintain freedom of the seas for all nations,” the Washington  Post reported Sunday.

India holds more military exercises with America than with any other country, and the two allies are working to expand their cooperation.

Despite ruling out joint patrols with the US, in April New Delhi agreed to allow Washington to use its military bases in exchange for weapons technology to help…

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  • legal eagle

    First the US creates ISIS, so they can someone to fight their battles for them, and now they want India to fight their battles by going after China. How about the US stop dictating to everyone what it should and should not do and fight their own battles? Of course for that they would have to have planes that fly, boats that float and a righteous cause, and sine they have none of the above then let us just treat them as the wind bags they are.

  • Tim Hadfield

    Get someone else to do the fighting for you – I see that you’ve been taking lessons from Israel again.

  • Truman Golden

    india would be stupid to believe they can counter china or play americans game. it will only benefit the USA and harm india in the long run, but india’s hubris could make them believe that they are finally accepted as equal partners with the west and that they have arrived. the west careless about india, they will use it as a tool and discard it when i’s no longer of any use.