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Deepening security cooperation shows growing trust between US and India: Mattis

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The deepening security co-operation between the US and shows the growing trust between the world's two largest democracies, Defense James has said.

In his address to the and Institute on Saturday, also said that the US seeks a constructive, results-oriented relationship with

"In the Indo-Pacific region, we keep our decades-old alliances strong by building new partnerships. From this year's historic visit of the USS Carl Vinson, to Vietnam, to our deepening security cooperation with India, which shows the growing trust between the world's two largest democracies, both Pacific powers," said.

"But we do not accept predatory economic practices, or coercion of smaller states. No one nation can, on its own, change the international order or veto other nations' diplomatic, economic or security decisions," he said.

Responding to questions, Mattis said that in recent months he has had several meetings with his Chinese counterpart.

"There's no doubt in my mind that wants to return to what it believes is its rightful place in the world as a great nation, he said.

"I believe that we're going to have to find ways to work with China, two nuclear-armed powers, superpowers, in a manner that when we step on each other's toes, which may happen from time to time, we have a way to manage those issues, and we are working quietly, and I would say quite closely together, my Chinese counterpart and myself, and Yang, we are working on trying to craft that way ahead," Mattis said.

The is looking for cooperation with

"We will confront them where we must. But it is now our desire to end up in that situation; it's to find a way to manage a new relationship," he said.

"I believe 10 years from now, 15 years from now, what the will be most remembered for, were we able to create that new way to operate with Where we able to create a mechanism by which we could maneuver on the world stage economically, diplomatically, security-wise, and keep the peace, and not stumble into a miscalculation?" said the defence

Mattis in his speech also referred to the aggressive posture by Russians in

He said the already strained ties between and have "no doubt" worsened over Russian's continued attempts to interfere in the US voting process.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 11:20 IST