After the 2 + 2 talks in New Delhi in India at the beginning of this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swung through 3 Indian Ocean nations to bring the China-US spat to India’s doorstep. From New Delhi to a brassy anti-Chinese tour across the Indian Ocean now geographically part of the wider Indo-Pacific, Pompeo, the position he kept with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, talks with Foreign Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
This is a big field that the US and China have been competing for over a number of years, with Indian and Chinese language efforts, particularly in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, becoming an extraordinary area not too long ago.
After several years of seeking to recover slippage in those nations by taking sides within greater geopolitical rivalries, New Delhi seems now to be unimaginable about engaging in superpower rivalry shut down residence, aiming to allow it to expand its footprint in its speedy neighborhood of the Indian Ocean.
In addition to strengthening US presence in the region, India has developed a deeper relationship with the United States with its navy-speaking Chinese language soldiers on the Control Line. Jaishankar and Australian and Japanese foreign ministers were careful not to engage in the anti-China tirade which Pompeo had launched at the current assembly of the international ministers of the Quad. The Joint Assertion between the US and India took a number of images of a “rules-based worldwide order” and a “private, open-ended, egalitarian, friendly” Indo-Pacific in China, in addition to Pakistan.
For President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Street Project, all three Pompeo countries visited – Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia – were strategically important. China’s greatest appearance in Sri Lanka is its Hambantota harbor’s administration, its ports in the port of Colombo and its brand new capital off the coast of Colombo, and its diverse policies on infrastructure.
The Pompeo message in all three nations was that China and the Chinese Communist language are ‘lawless,’ that they don’t respect global guidelines, that small nations are ensnared in debt traps, that the territory which falls within the boundaries of various nations has irregular claims, that the Trump administration was there to stop that.