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All about Blinken's maiden visit to India

  • During his maiden visit to India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held two separate meetings with External Affairs Ministry S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Mr. Blinken, at his meeting with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, said: “There is greater imperative than ever on cooperation, coordination, collaboration among countries, especially among countries who share basic perspectives, basic values, and basic interests.

  • “And that is certainly the case with the United States and India,” he said underlining a theme that found frequent mention during his events on Wednesday.

  • Blinken while responding to a media question stated that both India and USA stand together to uphold shared ideals amid growing global threat to democracy

  • The remarks drew strong criticism from China. Chinese Foreingn Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian who said “I want to stress that democracy is a common value shared by all, not a patent owned by any country."

  • Both USA and China have been engaged in frequent war of words ever since Biden assumed presidency. Notably Biden has been advocate of liberals ideas of open society and Democracy. USA has been dis engaging from Afghanistan and Iraq in view of focusing on growing threat from China