Pompeo in India for talks on China ‘threats’ Oct 27, 2020 0 44 12345 AFPNew DelhiUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the “threats” posed by China.Joined by Defence Secretary Mark Esper for the two-day visit, Pompeo will hold top-level talks following a spike in tensions between India and China since a deadly border clash in June.India has sought US cold weather equipment as the showdown goes into the freezing Himalayan winter and officials said this could be raised when Pompeo and Esper meet India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.The world’s two biggest democracies are expected to sign an agreement on sharing geo-spatial intelligence, paving the way for the United States to ship sophisticated missile technology, officials said.Esper will also be discussing ways to increase cooperation between the two countries’ military forces.This could include intelligence sharing, stepping up joint exercises, and arms sales -- including possibly US F-18 fighter jets.Pompeo will go on from India to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia, all of which have a key role in Indian Ocean maritime traffic where China has cast a greater shadow. The secretary of state said ahead of the trip that his meetings would “include discussions on how free nations can work together to thwart threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party”. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey’s Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods amid Macron row Oct 27, 2020 0 1070 Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria Oct 27, 2020 0 264 Pakistan opens first metro line after years of delays Oct 27, 2020 0 272 Iran accuses Macron of fuelling ‘extremism’ AFP Tehran Iran on Monday accused France of fuelling “extremism” after President Emmanuel Macron vowed to never give in to Islamic radicals and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. .. Typhoon hits Philippines, 7 fishermen missing Searches were under way on Monday for seven fishermen in the Philippines as a typhoon swept across the archipelago, flooding low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people into emergency shelters. Packing maximum .. China ‘to sanction’ US firms over Taiwan arms sale China said on Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory. The two US ..