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a shift was articulated at a meet- ing on foreign policy toward India, Smith contended. “So India has been lobbying U.S. on its opposi- tion to OBOR,” Smith said, a Chinese initiative that is arguably the largest and most expensive economic and geo-strategic initia- tive, in his view. This administration and those before it have made it clear that India is the pillar of stability. But calling the U.S. and India, “book- ends” of stability on the global stage, shows there’s no sense of parity between China and India, analysts say. The speech also included the usual tongue-lashing for Pakistan that this administration has been administering over the last couple of months, going so far as to threaten aid cuts if Islamabad does not act against internal ter- ror groups that also threaten India, not just U.S. forces in Afghanistan. No Hand Holding While Pakistan is also a partner of the U.S. Tillerson said “We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terror groups within its borders,” to improve not just security in South Asia, but to improve its international standing. “It was a tough message, and no hand-holding,” Andersen said. 8 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 The speech also included the usual tongue-lashing for Pakistan that this administration has been administering over the last couple of months, going so far as to threaten aid cuts if Islamabad does not act against internal ter- ror groups that also threaten India, not just U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Rex Tillerson. (Photo: Reuters). Ela Dutt | Editor, Parikh Worldwide Media

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