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Don't see China as rival, US to India

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Don\'t see China as rival, US to India, The US on Friday said India does not need to choose between its ties with Washington and China and should avoid seeing Beijing as a rival.

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New Delhi: The US on Friday said India does not need to choose between its ties with Washington and China and should avoid seeing Beijing as a rival.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses the silver jubilee function of Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)

Addressing a gathering here, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested that India and America should expand their defence ties and include Japan in their security cooperation partnership.

"Just like the US need not choose between its Asian alliances and its constructive relationship with China, similarly India need not choose between its closer relationship with America and improved ties with China."In our relations with Beijing, both Delhi and Washington, should see a healthy competition and we should avoid the traps of rivalry," he said at an Observer Research Foundation function here.

Referring to the disputed South China Sea, he said both India and the US favour a peaceful resolution of disputes and are for the freedom of navigation in the seas.

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