India suddenly joined ‘Quad’ because China showed bullying, claims former US Secretary of State


Washington: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that India, which took an independent stand on foreign policy, had to change its strategic position due to China’s aggressive moves and joined the four-nation group ‘Quad’. The border standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh continues for 31 months. Relations between the two countries have come under strain after a deadly clash in June 2020 at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. India says that until peace is established in the border area, bilateral relations cannot be normal.

In his book ‘Never Give An Inch: Fighting for America I Love’, available in the market from Tuesday, Pompeo described India as a ‘wild card’ (sudden entrant) in the Quad because it is a nation founded on the ideology of socialism and has Neither the US nor the then USSR supported the Cold War. Pompeo wrote in his book, ‘This country (India) has forged its own path without any real alliance system and largely remains so, but due to China’s moves, India has changed its strategic position in the last few years. The attitude has changed.

Pompeo (59) explained how the administration of former US President Donald Trump was successful in getting India included in the Quad group. The US, Japan, India and Australia formed the Quad to deal with China’s aggressive behavior in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region. Pompeo wrote, ‘China has forged a close partnership with India’s arch-rival Pakistan through its Belt and Road Initiative.’

He said, ‘Chinese forces killed 20 Indian soldiers in border skirmishes in June 2020. Because of that incident, the Indian public demanded a change in their country’s relations with China. Pompeo said, ‘India responded by banning Tiktok and dozens of Chinese apps. Meanwhile, a Chinese virus was killing millions of Indian citizens. I am sometimes asked why India has moved away from China and I give a straight answer that I hear from the Indian leadership: Don’t you? Times are changing and creating an opportunity for us to innovate and bring America and India closer than ever before.’

In his book, Pompeo described former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a global leader of extraordinary courage and vision. He has also praised former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for showing courage and standing up against Chinese aggression. Earlier, Pompeo had made a big claim regarding nuclear war between India and Pakistan.