The US pushes ties with “ally” India

Increasingly wooed by the US as a buffer and ally against the growing might of China, India’s balancing act in relation to its bigger and more powerful neighbor has come into sharp focus in the past week. Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of State, has been in Delhi meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top officials. He declared that India and US are “natural allies” standing “shoulder to shoulder against terror” with expanding economic and defense ties. “Terrorists’ safe havens will not be tolerated,” he added, reiterating what he had told Pakistan’s army and government during tough talks yesterday.

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