Washington: Noting that Washington sees New Delhi as a pillar of stability and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and beyond, a top American official on yesterday said the Obama administration visualizes great promise in bringing China, India and the US together.
“We see great promise in bringing China, India and the United States even closer together, in formal capacities,” Robert Blake, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia said.
Speaking on, ‘Looking Ahead: US -India Strategic Relations and the Transpacific Century’ at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, he said, “Harmony in the Asia-Pacific region will ensure that the US, India, and China will guide the world towards a golden age of safety, prosperity, and innovation – a vision that is welcome news to the region and the world.”
Noting that as the centre of geopolitics moves toward Asia and India plays a critical role in US strategy, Blake said Washington sees India as a pillar of stability and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and beyond.
He said India has long been a maritime power in Asia in its own right and only India itself can charter a path to navigate the geopolitical currents unfolding before us.
“But we believe that India can leverage its democratic traditions, strong cultural influence, people-to-people ties and booming economy to help ensure the Asia of the 21st century is one defined by open markets, open societies and open governments,” Blake underlined.