US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged India to reduce its dependence on Chinese companies for telecommunications and medical supplies, and instead focus on the domestic supply chain.
“India is in this position because it has earned the trust of many nations around the world, including the United States,” Pompeo said at the US-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit, being conducted online on Wednesday.
The US government has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic and accused Chinese companies such as Huawei Technologies of cyber espionage and promoted human rights violations in China. It also accused Huawei and Beijing of denial. The United States also criticized China’s new national security law on the former British colony of Hong Kong.
When China is accused of espionage, the United States has told China to close its consulate in Houston because the links between the two largest economies in the world have deteriorated sharply.
Relations between India and China are strained after a border clash in the Himalayas last month that killed 20 Indian soldiers.
Pompeo accused the Chinese of starting the conflict, which Beijing also denied.
India recently banned dozens of Chinese apps in the country, including the popular TikTok video app. India has not yet talked to Huawei after allowing Chinese telecommunications companies to participate in 5G network trials.
India is the world’s major supplier of generic drugs, and its dependence on Chinese raw materials has reached almost 70%.
In addition, India’s ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu (Taranjit Singh Sandhu) said that New Delhi is open to US companies establishing manufacturing plants in the country.
The military confrontation between India and China has prompted calls for closer security relations with the United States and its allies, including Japan.
India is modernizing its military to close the gap with China, and increasingly turning to traditional supplier Russia and the United States.
“The United States has never been more supportive of India’s security. India too, is an important partner and a key pillar of President (Donald) Trump’s foreign policy,” Pompeo said.