China's 'Provocative Actions' Go Against International Laws: Rex Tilerson During First India Visit

| October 25 , 2017 , 13:37 IST

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday during his first visit to India in an official capacity. The visit comes in the midst of US asserting the 'strategic importance' of the partnership between India and the US.

Admitting that China's "provocative actions" went against the international law and norms that the US and India stood for, Tillerson said that it would put China, as well as Pakistan on notice that it intended to "do what is needed" to support India.

"Trump administration is determined to dramatically deepen ways for the United States and India" to further their strategic partnership that is heading for "strategic convergence" said Tillerson.

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Before arriving in India, Tillerson had specified that the US approach was to expand the scope of its relationship beyond the South Asia region.

"Our view of the relationship with India is one that's of strategic importance not just for this specific region, but in the context of that speech it was about a free and open Indo-Pacific region stretching all the way to - from Japan to India," Tillerson said. "So it's a broader relationship."

Following the meeting between Tillerson and EAM Swaraj, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted "Strengthening strategic partnership. EAM @SushmaSwaraj welcomes US Secretary of State Tillerson, his first India visit as Secretary of State."

Before arriving in India, Tillerson had visited Pakistan, where he raised specific requests that the US had with Pakistan regarding action against safe havens provided to terrorists. Tillerson had specified that the US relations with Pakistan would be 'conditions-based' depending on action the nation takes against terrorists' safe havens on its soil.