Indian-origin Republican President hopeful Nikki Haley has said that India wants to be partner with US but does not trust the Americans to lead.
The presidential aspirant also said that New Delhi has played smart in the current global situation and stayed close with Russia.
In an interview with Fox Business News, Haley, 51, said that as of now India sees 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 (Prime Minister Narendra) 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," the former South Carolina governor said.
“When we start to lead again, when we start to get the weakness out and stop putting our head in the sand, that’s when our friends, India, Australia, New Zealand, all of them will — and Israel, Japan, South Korea — all of them want to do that. Japan gave themselves a billion-dollar stimulus to become less dependent on China,” Haley said.
“India gave themselves a billion-dollar stimulus to become less dependent on China,” she added.
Haley also claimed that China is preparing for a war with the US and that the Chinese government has become “more controlling”.
“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.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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