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India-China dispute: US for settlement through talks
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 GUWAHATI, May 15 - The United States wants China to settle its disputes with its neighbouring countries, including India, through peaceful dialogue and not by employing ‘force’.

This was stated by US Consul General Craig Hall who along with Brigadier General David E Brigham, Defence Attache (US Embassy in New Delhi) had an interaction with a select group of journalists here today.

The visit is a part of the US government’s and the US Consulate General’s efforts to build sustained engagement in North Bengal and Northeast India aimed at ensuring regional security.

“What is worrying about China’s behaviour is that it is trying to use coercion instead of following the international norm for settling disputes peacefully,” Hall said, on being asked about China’s recent behaviour on some contentious issues with India, which includes construction of dams. “A better Indo-China relationship is important for everyone,” he opined.

“The United States and India are working bilaterally, and in cooperation with other like-minded partners like Japan and Australia, to advance our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific – a region that is open, prosperous, and secure. Our goals are to support good governance and liberty; promote market-based economics; ensure the freedom of the seas and sky; and insulate sovereign nations from external coercion,” Hall stated.

On the Indo-US defence cooperation, Brigadier General Brigham said that the idea is to create a uniform defence ecosystem in both the countries where the thrust would be to help India create its own indigenous setups and defence technology at par with the US.

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