Describing India as a “leading global power”, the US on 19 December, 2017 unveiled its new National Security Strategy (NSS) that said it will “deepen” America’s strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region.
With an eye on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Trump administration said it will help South Asian countries “maintain their sovereignty” as China increases its influence in the region. The NSS also seeks Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists.
“We welcome India’s emergence as a leading global power and stronger strategic and defence partner,” said the National Security Strategy unveiled by President Donald Trump. quadrilateral cooperation+ with Japan, Australia, and India.
“We will expand our defence and security cooperation with India, a Major Defence Partner of the United States, and support India’s growing relationships throughout the region,” the NSS said, noting that its vision for Indo-Pacific excludes no nation.
India-US defence relationship was mentioned in the context of Indo-Pacific region, whereas it gave a very prominent role to India in South and Central Asia.
“We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region,” according to the NSS which the White House said sets a positive strategic direction for the US that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great strengths.
The NSS said it will press Pakistan to intensify its counter-terrorism efforts, since no partnership can survive a country’s support for militants and terrorists who target a partner’s own service members and officials.