WASHINGTON, March 1 (PTI) – A group of senior US senators who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week said they presented him with a struggle between autocracy and democracy, emphasizing that democracies Must unite and increase help to Ukraine.
“When we were in India, we had the opportunity to talk to the leaders. We also proved that this is a struggle between dictatorship and democracy. When we talked to Prime Minister Modi, we proved that,” Senator Charles Charles Schumer, the Senate majority leader, told a news conference here.
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Other members of the congressional delegation accompanying him on India were Senators Ron Wyden, Jack Reid, Maria Cantwell, Amy Klobuchar, Mark Warner, Gary Peters, Catherine Cortez-Masto and Peter Welch. All are from the ruling Democratic Party.
During a meeting with Indian leaders, Schumer said senators were more specific. “If a dictatorship like Russia prevails, a dictatorship like China’s feels a little taller, a little stronger, a little more receptive to the world. And it’s not just Taiwan. China and India have been arguing the line Controlled Kashmir for many years. There has been movement recently,” he said.
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“The fighting in Ukraine will have an impact there too. What we are emphasizing to India is that the US should work and coordinate with other Pacific allies like Japan, Australia and the US. India should start thinking about cooperative development and systematic joint production so that we can Expand our defense industrial base,” Schumer told reporters during a media interaction after a close policy luncheon with Democratic senators.
The New York senator said of his trip to India that the U.S. and the West must continue to deepen their relationship with India “if we want to defeat the Chinese Communist Party in this century.”
“India is the perfect counterweight to China and when united with the West we can really beat China. The second thing we emphasized – and Jack Reed took the lead on this – democracies have to come together, Increase help to China for Ukraine,” he said.
“Prime Minister Modi got the message when we met him in India. We made it clear that the two major democracies in the world – the oldest democracy in the world (and) the largest democracy in the world – should be Strong checks and balances on President Xi Jinping. This century,” Schumer said.
“We can’t lose our lead. President Xi wants to overtake America, not just in defense, but in economics, geopolitics, technology, fundamental values, etc. The second point we make in every meeting is to stand on our shoulders The importance of standing shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people,” he told reporters.
Earlier in the day, Schumer came to the Senate for the second time in two days to brief them on a trip to India and three other countries, including Germany and Israel.
“The United States should deepen our relationship with India if we want to defeat the Chinese Communist Party this century. The democracies must come together to increase aid to Ukraine,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean working with India only on defense and security, although that’s essential. It means we have to take an all-out approach because that’s exactly what China is doing,” he said .
“Just as the transatlantic partnership is very important, so will our partnership with India,” he asserted.
“The United States and India must therefore continue to work to strengthen our economic ties, expand our trade, and make it easier to recruit talented workers from abroad to work in our country,” Schumer said.
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