Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

China: Rex Tillerson 'Biased' for Accusations of Predatory Economic Policy

China: Rex Tillerson 'Biased' for Accusations of Predatory Economic Policy

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Rex Tillerson will reach Pakistan after visiting Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While appreciating Tillerson's remarks, New Delhi must make it clear that it will not be coaxed into taking a position which does not align with its own clear strategic imperatives.

India has described Wednesday's speech by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as a "significant policy statement on India-US relations and its future".

Just days ahead of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to India that will take place next week, India praised his recent statement that the US is a reliable partner to India, saying it "highlighted our shared commitment to a rule-based worldwide order". Haley's statement is most inappropriate at a time when Pak-US relations are moving towards improvement.

The remarks follow a speech he gave Wednesday in which he accused China of undermining the "international, rules-based order" and called it out for "provocative actions in the South China Sea".

Tillerson said the USA wants to help improve India's military capabilities, and also improve security cooperation among the region's major democracies, which included Japan and Australia.

Tillerson's speech at CSIS went over much better in New Delhi.

He said the world needed the US and India to have a strong partnership.

"The Obama administration agreed that shared concern about China was a major strategic issue that brings the USA and India together".

He added that the USA seeks constructive relations with China but "won't shrink" from the challenges it poses when it "subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries, and disadvantages the US and our friends". "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", he said. Jinping said that China "has become a great power in the world" and entered a "new era" where it should "take center stage in the world".

"China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the worldwide, rules-based order - even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations' sovereignty", he said, which has not gone down well in Beijing. Tillerson is scheduled to visit India next week.

"Although the US State Department claims that the US- India relationship is in response to "negative Chinese influence in Asia", Washington understands that this expression is more political rather than practical", Hu Zhiyong, a fellow researcher at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of International Relations, told Global Times.

"China steadfastly upheld the worldwide order with the United Nations at the core and based on the purposes and principles of United Nations charter we will firmly uphold the multilateralism yet we will also firmly safeguard our own interests and rights", he said.

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