US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is visiting India, a key partner in tackling China. Blinken’s visit to India will be the first as President Joe Biden’s foreign minister. On Wednesday, he will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Subramaniam Jayashankar. The British news agency Reuters reported.
Blinken will be in India from July 26 to 29. He will then visit Kuwait.
Washington considers India as a partner in US initiatives to counter China’s growing influence in Asia and beyond. The US State Department said its agenda for the visit would be activism in the Indo-Pacific region, bilateral regional security interests, democratic values and tackling the climate crisis. Coronavirus epidemics will also be on the agenda.
According to the news, Blinken will discuss organizing a conference of the so-called quad’s self. India, Japan, Australia and the United States have joined the quad group to counter China’s influence.
Diplomats say the meeting could take place during the UN General Assembly in late September. The Belt and Road Initiative of China is likely to discuss ways to build counter-regional infrastructure.
On Friday, Blinken said India is an important country in the fight against Corona. Now they are in internal crisis. But once production reaches full speed, they will start vaccinating the world again. Which will make a big difference.