China dominates Pentagon chief's first India visit

New Delhi (AFP) – Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin praised India’s growing ties with “like-minded partners” as he held talks in New Delhi Saturday that were expected to be dominated by shared alarm about China. India is a vital US partner in the Asia-Pacific region and Austin’s two-day trip is New Delhi’s first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden’s administration. It follows talks between top US and Chinese officials in Alaska that wrapped up on Friday and which a senior Washington official described as “tough and direct”. Prior to India, Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vi…

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