U.S. secretary of state to soon visit Pakistan to discuss regional situation

India-China-Doklam

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out the Trump administration's vision for the US role in South Asia, arguing for greater USA economic influence and military ties and praising an "emerging Delhi-Washington strategic partnership" as an anchor for stability.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump will visit a number of Asian countries, including China, in November. Qatari foreign minister said on July 31 that the crisis should be solved through diplomacy without touching Qatar's sovereignty and made it clear that Qatar will not accept any demands that are not in line with worldwide law.Tillerson departed on Friday for travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan and India before returning home through Switzerland on October 27, the department said in a statement.

"China's provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the global law and norms that the United States and India both stand for", Tillerson said in an address at the Centre for Strategic and worldwide Studies, a Washington think tank.

Ergo, India on Friday made it a point to refer to the U.S. and India's "shared commitment to a rule-based worldwide order".

He reserved his most pointed remarks concerning China and its push for greater economic influence in the region for a question-and-answer period after the speech.

Tillerson also took the opportunity to compare China with its giant neighbour and criticised Beijing for its "provocative actions" in the South China Sea. "But we will not shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order, and where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries, and disadvantages the USA and our friends". "We are looking forward to the "2 plus 2" inaugural dialogue with PM Modi and President Trump", he had said, adding the USA and India should work together to maintain "peace and stability" in the Indo-Pacific region.

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The United States is pushing for a four-nation mechanism with India, Japan and Australia for security cooperation on the Indo-Pacific - a move which is likely to irk China.

It added that China "contributes to and defends the rules-based world order". He said China was offering financing that saddles countries with enormous debt and triggers for repayment that lead to default.

Xi said that China had now "become a great power in the world", and that the Chinese growth under Communist rule had given "a new choice" to other developing countries.

Tillerson said India is a partner for peace in Afghanistan, and he welcomed India's assistance to that war-torn country. The statement issued by MEA stated, "Secretary Tillerson has made a significant policy statement on India-US relations and its future".

"It's up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because Qatar has been very clear - they're ready to engage", said Tillerson, who will visit Saudi Arabia on Friday, before heading to Qatar.

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