Washington signs key defence pact with Delhi, calls out Beijing

Written by Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 28, 2020 7:17:33 am

NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo greet each other at South Block in New Delhi Tuesday. (ANI)

AS India and the United States announced Tuesday signing of the crucial military pact, Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), visiting US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo recalled the Galwan valley incident in June and said that the US would “stand with the people of India to confront threats to their sovereignty and to their liberty”.

From the Hyderabad House lawns and with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar by their side, the visiting US ministers, Pompei and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper, launched a sharply worded attack on China.

The four of them were addressing the media after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While Pompeo said that Indian and US leaders and citizens see with “increasing clarity” that the Communist Party of China (CCP) is “no friend to democracy and rule of law”, Esper set his sights at Beijing as he flagged the “increasing aggression and destabilising activities by China”.

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