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LAC activities opened India’s eyes to what cooperative effort might mean for own defensive needs: Pentagon commander

Prime News, National (New Delhi), March 10:- Recent activities along the Line of Actual Control with China have opened India’s eyes to what cooperative effort with others might mean for their own defensive needs, a top Pentagon commander told lawmakers on Tuesday observing that New Delhi, in the very near term, will deepen its engagement with the Quad.

“India has long had an approach called strategic autonomy, you know, a nonaligned approach with others, but I think certainly the activities along the Line of Actual Control with China has opened their eyes to what cooperative effort with others might mean for their own defensive needs,” Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander of US Indo-Pacific Command told members of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing.

“We have provided some information to India in that crisis, cold-weather closing, clothing, some other equipment, some things like that, and over the last several years, we have been deepening our maritime cooperation,” he said.

“I think you will see India in the very near term, you know, remain committed to their nonaligned approach, but I think they will deepen their engagement with the Quad, and I think that’s a key strategic opportunity for us, Australia, and Japan,” Davidson said.

The admiral was responding to a question from Senator Angus King.

“That would be a geopolitical major development if India more closely aligned with those other countries,” King said responding to the answer from the admiral.

“India has always been a neutral country if you will. Are we developing a stronger alliance with them? You mentioned them as part of the Quad. Do they consider themselves a member or something of that nature,” King asked? (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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