China welcomes Indo-US 2+2 talks; declines to comment on security pact

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: September 7, 2018 3:22:36 pm

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pose after a joint news conference after a meeting in New Delhi. (PTI) 

A wary China on Friday welcomed the first 2+2 Dialogue between India and the US but declined to comment on the landmark security pact under which Indian military will have access to critical and encrypted American defense technologies. The ‘Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA)’ was signed on Thursday after the first 2+2 talks External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

The COMCASA will allow India to receive high-end military communications equipment from the US and will also help get real-time encrypted information from the US. Asked about China’s reaction on the Indo-US talks and COMCASA agreement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “As to the 2+2 consultations between India and US we have seen the report…We are happy to see the normal bilateral relations between the two sides and…

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