To combat the rise of China, the United States must strengthen its defense partnership with India. I have been encouraged by the growing alliance between India and the United States since the resurgence of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) in 2017, and my hope is that India remains central to President Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategy. By helping India upgrade its defense systems, the United States can empower India to defend itself and provide security in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region. This is all the more important since the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban.
Last week, I asked Secretary Blinken if the Biden administration’s plan for conducting over the horizon counterterrorism missions includes using Northwest India as a staging …