India does not trust US to lead; played smart by staying close with Russia: Nikki Haley

NEW DELHI: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Wednesday asserted that India desires a partnership with the United States but said that currently, there’s a lack of trust among Indians in American leadership.
In an interview with Fox Business News, the Indian-American presidential candidate, commended India for its strategic approach in the current global scenario, particularly in maintaining a close relationship with Russia. However, Haley noted that India currently perceives the United States as weak.
“I have dealt with India too. I have got to say, I have dealt with India too. I have talked with Modi. India wants to be a partner with us. They don’t want to be a partner with Russia,” she said.
“The problem is, India doesn’t trust us to win. They don’t trust us to lead. They see right now that we’re weak. India has always played it smart. They have played it smart, and they have stayed close with Russia, because that’s where they get a lot of their military equipment,” she said in response to a question.
Haley claimed that once the United States regains its position of leadership and addresses its vulnerabilities, countries like India, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, and South Korea will eagerly join hands with the US. She cited examples of Japan and India investing billions of dollars to reduce dependence on China, demonstrating the need for the US to strengthen its alliances.
Haley said China is not doing well economically and is preparing for a war with the US. “Financially, they’re not doing well. You see their government has become more controlling. They have been preparing for war with us for years. That’s their mistake,” she said.
(With agency inputs)


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