India, coming up on its diamond jubilee of Independence, has received greetings from the US, as the two countries work to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific and address the challenges they face around the world.
“We congratulate the people of India on 75 years of independence,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at a press conference while responding to a question on Tuesday.
She said that India’s non-violent freedom struggle was an inspiration to the world, and the US hopes that the next 75 years will see India continue to prosper.
“As the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy, respectively, we will continue to work together every day to deliver opportunities, security, freedom, and dignity to our peoples,” she said, remarking that this year, the the two countries will be celebrating 75 years of their diplomatic partnership this year.
She underlined that the two countries are allies in many critical areas, including defence, vaccines, climate, tech, etc.
“The US will continue to work with India to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific and address the challenges both our countries face around the world,” she said, amid China trying to gain power in the region.
Beijing has also built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. Both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil, and other natural resources and are also vital to global trade.
In 2017, US, Japan, India, and Australia had given shape to the long-pending proposal of setting up the “Quad” or the Quadrilateral coalition to counter China’s aggressive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region.
The US says the Quad is not an alliance but a grouping of countries driven by shared interests and values and interested in strengthening a rules-based order in the strategically-important Indo-Pacific region.