Pompeo to travel to South Asia amid escalating tensions with China


WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will embark on a week-long tour of South Asia on Sunday as the US attempts to counter China’s geopolitical and economic challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

The head of American diplomacy will visit India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia from October 25 to 30.

“At each stop, I will discuss a wide range of bilateral issues and work with each of these countries to find the best ways to cooperate to keep the Indo-Pacific free and open,” Pompeo told reporters at a State Department briefing on Wednesday.

He added that these meetings “will also discuss how free countries can work together to counter threats from the CCP.”

In India, Pompeo and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper will join their counterparts in the third annual US-India 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue.

The State Department said the talks would be aimed at promoting the US-India strategic partnership and expanding security cooperation.

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