HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be meeting PM Modi, EAM S Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on July 27-28
  • The delegates will discuss the Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of Chinese aggression in Ladakh and the South China Sea
  • The agenda of the forthcoming Quad summit in the US in October will also be discussed

From July 27-28, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi. The delegates will be discussing the Indo-Pacific, Af-Pak, and vaccine issues. This will be Blinken’s first trip to India as the Secretary of State and his third meeting with Jaishankar.

However, the Modi govt is tight-lipped about Secretary Blinken’s visit. During the visit, the countries will strengthen bilateral cooperation with India set to buy Predator drones from the US for national security. The delegates will also discuss the rise of terror groups with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan as in the 1990s.

In the meeting, the delegates will also discuss the Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of Chinese aggression in Ladakh and the South China Sea. India had already made it clear to Beijing that the resolution of East Ladakh LAC is critical to the normalization of bilateral ties and all transgressions from Depsang Bulge to Gogra-Hot Springs are on the dialogue table.

Furthermore, the agenda of the forthcoming Quad summit in the US in October will also be discussed with the production of vaccines in India a key issue to protect the world from still rampaging coronavirus. The Quad powers have got a boost with the EU and Britain coming on the same page on rule of law and freedom of navigation on the sea in the context of Chinese military activities in the South China Sea.

Blinken will be the second top official of the Joe Biden administration to visit India after Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin. Earlier this year, Llyod had visited Delhi and held meetings with Rajnath Singh and also called upon PM Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, the US diplomacy is in action from this week with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Japan and will be visiting China on Sunday. On the other hand, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will be in Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines next week with Chinese aggression in the South China Sea becoming a major election issue in Manila.

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