US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has brushed aside suggestions that Moscow would wait until after the Beijing Games, as commercial satellite images show fresh Russian military deployments.
Top diplomats Antony Blinken and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pledge to stretch their multilateral security partnership, underscoring deepening of ties between both countries concerned over China's growing influence in the region.
Multiple reports over the last two months allege that Indian and Chinese forces have either briefly clashed or faced-off in early May before disengaging along their disputed Himalayan border.
The US would like to elevate and strengthen security ties with India, especially in information sharing and logistics, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told his Indian counterpart during his visit to the south Asian country.
US President Joe Biden, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Australian PM Scott Morrison will meet on Friday for discussions likely on China, climate crisis, coronavirus response and economic cooperation.
Dominated by strategic concerns for two decades, the relationship appears to be caught between US policy drift towards India and its new ‘Cold War’ with Beijing.
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