United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged India to focus on domestic supply chains and reduce its dependence on China.
At the online US-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit, Pompeo said that India had a chance to move “supply chains away from China and reduce its reliance on Chinese companies in areas like telecommunications, medical supplies and others”.
The US has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic and accused Chinese tech firms, including Huawei, of cyberspying and facilitating human rights violations. Last year, the US added Huawei to its trade blacklist, amid concerns that its 5G equipment enables the Chinese government to spy on other nations. Washington has also condemned Beijing’s new national security law on Hong Kong, as well as China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
India’s relations with China have strained following a border clash last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. “The recent clashes initiated by the People’s Liberation Army are just the latest examples of the Chinese Communist Party’s unacceptable behavior”, Pompeo said.
India last month banned dozens of Chinese apps in the country, including TikTok. In April, the government announced a plan to offer incentives to attract companies looking to shift manufacturing activities out of China. It also put curbs on investments in its companies from China, aiming to cut the risk of opportunistic takeovers.