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Pompeo’s ‘strong remarks’ are needed to send a message to China, says former Indian ambassador

U.S. Secretary of Official Mike Pompeo’s “strong remarks” against China were needed to send a message to Beijing about its invasion, a former Indian diplomat told CNBC on Wednesday.

Pompeo made his anti-China rhetoric comments while on a nation visit to New Delhi, which saw the U.S. and India sign a new defense agreement.

“Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP is no intimate to democracy, the rule of law, transparency nor to freedom of navigation — the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” the U.S. secretary said in India, referring to the Chinese Communist Individual.

The U.S.-India defense and security partnership comes as India’s relationship with China has deteriorated in recent months all through tense border clashes that saw at least 20 Indian soldiers killed.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take offs after addressing a joint press briefing in the lawns of Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India.

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India has to tread a fine line in showing its strength to China while remaining diplomatic, said Navtej Sarna, prehistoric Indian ambassador to the U.S. That’s why it was the U.S. and not India that made those remarks against China, he suggested.

“But the fact that we had them arranging these strong remarks on China on Indian soil does give a message to China. And frankly, given its own invasion and its own muscularity, I think this message is needed,” Sarna told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”

The former messenger said that in addition to border clashes between China and India, Beijing has also been expanding its act upon in the region aggressively through its Belt and Road Initiative.

He added that the defense pact with the U.S. “forms share b evoke of a larger Indo-Pacific vision shared by India and the United States which does cover other ways to chip China’s influence: economic, health, connectivity, cyber and so on.”

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