Pompeo: India ‘wild card’ in Quad, forced in by Chinese aggression | India News


WASHINGTON: Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed that India, which has charted an independent course on foreign policy, was forced to change its strategic posture and join the four-nation Quad grouping due to China’s aggressive actions.
In his latest book ‘Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love’ that hit the stores on Tuesday, Pompeo called India the “wild card” in Quad because it was a nation founded on socialist ideology and spent the Cold War aligning with neither the US nor the erstwhile USSR.
Pompeo, 59, who is widely speculated to run for the presidential elections in 2024, explains how the Donald Trump administration succeeded in bringing India on board the Quad grouping.
“China forged a close partnership with Pakistan – India’s arch rival – as one of the first steps in its Belt and Road Initiative. In June 2020, Chinese soldiers clubbed 20 Indian soldiers to death in a border skirmish. That bloody incident caused the Indian public to demand a change in their country’s relationship with China,” Pompeo writes.
“India banned TikTok and dozens of Chinese apps as part of its response. And a Chinese virus was killing hundreds of thousands of Indian citizens. I was sometimes asked why India had moved away from China, and my answer came straight from what I heard from Indian leadership: ‘Wouldn’t you?’ Times were changing – and creating an opportunity for us to try something new and pull the US and India more closely together than ever,” Pompeo writes. Agencies

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