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    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his five-day trip to the South-Asian region on Monday, with India being the first country on his list to visit.

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to Mike Pompeo’s Tuesday speech in New Delhi, where he called for Indian partnership in resisting Beijing’s threats in the region.

    Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the US state secretary “to abandon his ‘Cold War mentality’, zero-sum mindset, and stop harping on the ‘China threat’”.

    Pompeo’s statement came shortly before he and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper held strategic talks with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

    "There is much more work to do for sure. We have a lot to discuss today: Our co-operation on the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, to confronting the Chinese Communist Party’s threats to security and freedom to promoting peace and stability throughout the region”, Pompeo said before negotiations were launched.
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pose for a picture with India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and India?s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 27, 2020
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    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pose for a picture with India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and India?s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 27, 2020

    During the talks, India and the US moved to sign a major information-sharing deal called Basic Exchange and Co-operation Agreement (BECA), allowing New Delhi to have access to critical geo-spatial data and real-time images from American satellites. The signing of the pact comes just as tensions are rising over the China-India border dispute in the Himalayan region, and many believe that BECA will now endow India with additional tools in its geopolitical confrontation with Beijing, and also allow New Delhi to track movement of Chinese warships.

    According to US Defence Secretary Esper, America was now also planning on selling more drones and fighter planes to India after the deal had been signed.

    When the talks were over, Pompeo again referred to China while singing the praises of an alignment between the Indian and American democracies in a bid “to better protect the citizens of our two countries and indeed, of the free world”.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the media during a joint news conference with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 27, 2020
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    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the media during a joint news conference with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 27, 2020
    “Our leaders, and our citizens, see with increasing clarity that the Chinese Communist Party is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency, nor to freedom of navigation, the foundation of a free and open, prosperous Indo-Pacific”, the secretary of state told reporters.  

    Pompeo and Esper arrived in New Dehli on Monday as a part of their five-day trip to the region that will also include visits to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives.

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