The US and India should cooperate more closely in the Indo-Pacific to realize the full spirit of their strategic partnership, a top US lawmaker has said as the partnership strengthens to counter China’s deadly targets in the region .
Congressman Joe Wilson in the House of Representatives this week said, “Madam Speaker, the strong and vibrant relationship between India, the world’s largest democracy, and the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, demonstrates our shared values for the rule of law.”
There are certainly issues of mutual concern over China’s deadly targets in the region, he said, adding that the partnership must strengthen to counter these authoritarian aspirations.
The Republican Congressman from South Carolina said, “To take the US-India relationship forward and realize the full spirit of our strategic partnership, the United States and the Republic of India need to cooperate more closely in the Indo-Pacific region.” the wanted.”
India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s increasing military maneuvers in the resource-rich region.
China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.
Noting that the Indo-US alliance is mutually beneficial, Wilson said that he grew up with an admiration for the people of India, as his father, First Lieutenant Hugh Wilson, served in the US Army Air Corps Flying Tigers in 1944, where he recognized Hard work of the people of India.
“I am particularly grateful for the thriving Indian-American community in South Carolina and look forward to its continued growth and achievements,” he said.
“At Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014, I helped welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Washington in 2016, I was on the escort committee for the Prime Minister’s address to Congress, at the Red Fort in New Delhi in 2019, I attended the Indian Independence Day, and in 2019 at the Howdy Modi event at the Astrodome in Houston, I joined President Donald Trump to recognize the prime minister,” he said.
Noting that South Carolina’s first female governor in 340 years was appropriately Nikki Randhawa Haley, Wilson noted that the Indian-American community achieved the highest per capita income level of all immigrant groups in the United States.
“I appreciate the visits with Dr. Swati V. Kulkarni, Consul General of India to Atlanta, and Mr. KV Kumar, President, T, and CEO of the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce, to discuss bilateral relations between India and the United States of America. ” Wilson said.
“Bilateral trade in goods between the two countries crossed USD 100 billion in 2021, making it the largest volume of goods trade in a calendar year in Indo-US economic history. This is a jump of nearly 45 per cent from 2020. It also represents the single biggest leap forward of all US trading partners,” the Congressman said.
“Working together, Indian industry can build a dynamic military to be independent of foreign suppliers. In talks with Consul General on the mass murder by war criminal (Vladimir) Putin in Ukraine, its implications and current regional developments Including conversations,” Wilson said. in his comment.
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