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US relations with India ‘important’ to deal with China-Russia: Ro Khanna

Washington. Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna said America’s relationship with India is “crucial” to deal with its strategic rivals China and Russia. Khanna said this to radio talk presenter Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday after returning from India. He led a bipartisan Congress delegation to visit India. “China and Russia are clearly two strategic challenges, adversaries right now,” he said. To deal with these, relations with India are going to be very important. I think China and Russia will not always be ahead and there are opportunities there but overall we should keep an eye on what they are doing.

The US lawmaker said the US should not expect India to block the Strait of Malacca during a conflict with China but would use its borders in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh to trigger a two-front war if Beijing attacks Taiwan. Can take an aggressive approach. The Strait of Malacca is a water route connecting the Andaman Sea (Indian Ocean) and the South China Sea (Pacific Ocean). Khanna, co-chairman of the Congressional India Caucus, did not agree with Indian-origin Vivek Ramaswamy, who is in the race for the US presidential nomination, on Tuesday’s statement that he would like India to attack Malacca in the event of China attacking Taiwan. Block the waterway.

“Understanding what our Indian partners want to do and what they don’t want to do and where we can actually deter China is going to be critical to a coherent foreign policy,” Khanna said. He said the US delegation had also discussed India’s purchase of arms from Russia in its meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi earlier this month.

Khanna said Jaishankar pointed out that India’s dependence on Russian arms began after 1965 when the US stopped selling arms to India. He said, “There is a history of almost 40 years. Now we are building defense partnerships but he said, you cannot expect change overnight. They want change. They know our stuff is better and we need to work on it.

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