The White House on Wednesday released a 10-page document outlining the Trump administration’s strategy as of 2018 for countering China — stressing the role of India as a new ally in Asia.
The document contains few surprises, outlining plans to support allies and boost the economic and counter-espionage efforts of neighboring states.
But US cooperation with India features prominently in the assessment.
“A strong India, in cooperation with like-minded countries, would act as a counterbalance to China,” it says.
“China aims to dissolve US alliances and partnerships in the region. China will exploit vacuums and opportunities created by these diminished bonds.”
The White House National Security Council report said the US will “[a]im to create a quadrilateral security framework with India, Japan, Australia and the United States as the principal hubs.”
The Trump White House released the document one week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Critics accuse Biden of historically being naive during China’s rise, especially on trade