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Trump appoints loyalists to top Pentagon jobs after Esper firing

While the personnel changes added to the tumult in the wake of Esper’s departure, it’s not clear how much impact they could have on the massive Pentagon bureaucracy.
The abrupt changes sent reverberations through the Pentagon as nervous civilian and military personnel waited for the next shoe to drop.(REUTERS)
The abrupt changes sent reverberations through the Pentagon as nervous civilian and military personnel waited for the next shoe to drop.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 04:31 PM IST
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Washington | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Trump fires US defence secretary Mark Esper

Esper was Trump’s second defence secretary. The first, James Mattis, had resigned over policy differences with the president about troops in Syria.
A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 09:25 AM IST
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BECA done, fighters and armed drones next as India turns US positive

2+2 India-US dialogue: External affairs minister S Jaishankar had set the tone for the strategic dialogue early in the day when he stressed that India and the United States could together “make a real difference” in dealing with regional and global challenges
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited his visit to the National War Memorial to pay homage to soldiers including the 20 Indian Army personnel killed in the Galwan clash with China’s PLA.(PIB)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited his visit to the National War Memorial to pay homage to soldiers including the 20 Indian Army personnel killed in the Galwan clash with China’s PLA.(PIB)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 09:21 PM IST
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Significant move, says Rajnath Singh as India signs defence pact, BECA with US

US secretary of state Mark Pompeo mentioned the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel in Galwan Valley after a clash with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China and said his country stands with India to deal with any threat.
India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks next to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a joint news conference after their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Reuters)
India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks next to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a joint news conference after their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 03:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar

Pompeo says US, India must focus on threat posed by China

Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday for an annual strategic dialogue along with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper amidst heightened tensions over territorial disputes between New Delhi and Beijing.
US President Donald Trump has made being tough on China a key part of his campaign to secure a second term in next week’s presidential election and Pompeo has been trying to bolster allies to counter China’s growing influence in the region(AP)
US President Donald Trump has made being tough on China a key part of his campaign to secure a second term in next week’s presidential election and Pompeo has been trying to bolster allies to counter China’s growing influence in the region(AP)
Published on Oct 27, 2020 12:20 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByReuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

At NSA Doval’s meeting with Pompeo and Esper, focus on shared objectives

The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, or BECA, is the last of the four foundational pacts between India and the United States to share sensitive information and sell advanced military hardware
NSA Ajit Doval had a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense chief Mark Esper on Tuesday
NSA Ajit Doval had a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense chief Mark Esper on Tuesday
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 01:28 PM IST
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India, US to sign BECA agreement during 2+2 dialogue to facilitate exchange of sensitive information

The signing of the pact will be one of the key outcomes of the 2+2 dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of the two sides.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh welcomes US secretary of defence Mark Esper to a tri-services Guard of Honour at South Block Lawns.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh welcomes US secretary of defence Mark Esper to a tri-services Guard of Honour at South Block Lawns.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 09:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh, Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper arrive in New Delhi for India-US 2+2 dialogue

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday afternoon for the 2+2 dialogue. The talks will be held on Tuesday.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and his wife Susan disembark from an aircraft upon their arrival at the airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.(AP photo)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and his wife Susan disembark from an aircraft upon their arrival at the airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.(AP photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 02:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper to attend India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue

The 2+2 ministerial dialogue, to be held on Tuesday morning, is expected to focus on regional security cooperation, defence information-sharing, global cooperation, economic cooperation, and working together in the Indo-Pacific
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and DefenCe Secretary Mark Esper.(AP File)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and DefenCe Secretary Mark Esper.(AP File)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 06:21 AM IST
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‘Grateful for opportunity to connect with partners’, tweets Mike Pompeo as he leaves for India for 2+2 talks

2+2 talks: During their visit to India, Pompeo and Esper will meet with external affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh for strategic talks after which they will travel to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just before leaving for India.(Twitter/@SecPompeo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just before leaving for India.(Twitter/@SecPompeo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 08:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

US welcomes India’s rise as a leading regional and global power

The State Department said the US is looking forward to work closely with India during the latter’s upcoming UNSC term, starting January 1, 2021.
In picture - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper attend a news conference at the US State Department in Washington.(AP)
In picture - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper attend a news conference at the US State Department in Washington.(AP)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 07:52 AM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, defence secretary Mark Esper to arrive in India on Monday

The two-plus-two dialogue will be held on Tuesday. The Indian side at the talks will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Just a week before November's election, Pompeo and Esper will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China's growing global influence.(AP)
Just a week before November's election, Pompeo and Esper will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China's growing global influence.(AP)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 08:31 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai

Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in India

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will meet their Indian counterparts for strategic and security talks on Tuesday, after which Pompeo will travel on to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia.
(L-R) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper.(ANI)
(L-R) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 01:11 PM IST
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Washington, United States | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar

India-US 2+2 dialogue to focus on regional security cooperation and defence information-sharing

External affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh will meet their US counterparts Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper in New Delhi on October 27 for the third edition of the 2+2 dialogue
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace after giving a joint statement in New Delhi in February.(AP File)
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace after giving a joint statement in New Delhi in February.(AP File)
Published on Oct 24, 2020 03:10 PM IST
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India China border tensions at LAC likely to be discussed in Pompeo’s visit

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson said that the United States is closely watching the developments at the border.
In picture - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a naturalization ceremony at the US State Department.(AP)
In picture - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a naturalization ceremony at the US State Department.(AP)
Published on Oct 23, 2020 11:13 AM IST
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Washington DC | ByAsian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C

MEA says 2+2 meet timing not linked to US elections

Experts have questioned the rationale behind holding the key talks between the foreign and defence ministers of the two sides at a time when the US election could lead to a change of government.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied by Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar .(AP fil ephoto)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied by Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar .(AP fil ephoto)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 03:32 AM IST
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Defence pact with India on geospatial information sharing in the works: US

A senior American official said the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where India is on a stand-off with China, will probably figure in the talks, and that the US has been watching the situation closely.
Mike Pompeo (left) and Mark Esper, the US secretaries of state and defence, are reaching New Delhi on Monday for the third annual 2+2 ministerial with their Indian counterparts S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.(Reuters file)
Mike Pompeo (left) and Mark Esper, the US secretaries of state and defence, are reaching New Delhi on Monday for the third annual 2+2 ministerial with their Indian counterparts S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.(Reuters file)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 12:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper in India next week for third 2+2 strategic dialogue

The third dialogue will see India and the US consolidating their diplomatic and security ties, including institutionalised intelligence-sharing and efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper will also have bilateral meetings with their counterparts, and meet National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(REUTERS)
Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper will also have bilateral meetings with their counterparts, and meet National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 22, 2020 10:09 PM IST
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India, US 2+2 meet set for October 27

Defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar will host US defence secretary Mark Esper and secretary of state Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on October 27 for a rare personal meeting amid the pandemic, during which the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) is on the cards to facilitate sharing of satellite and sensor data.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo in New Delhi.(ANI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 22, 2020 02:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondents, New Delhi/washington

India, US will hold third 2+2 ministerial meeting in New Delhi next week

US secretary of defence Mark Esper did not rule out the possibility that the two sides may sign a widely anticipated maritime information sharing agreement.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper will visit India next week.(REUTERS FILE)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper will visit India next week.(REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 09:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo, defence chief Mark Esper to visit India next week for 2+2 talks

This will be the third edition of the India-US 2+2 that with India hosting the first in 2018 in New Delhi; the United States hosted the second in Washington DC in 201.9.
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper.(Reuters file photo)
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 03:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByYashwant Raj

Mike Pompeo expected to travel to India for 2+2 dialogue this month

The move to hold in-person meetings at a time when such discussions have mostly moved online because of the Covid-19 pandemic reflects the importance attached by both sides to the 2+2 dialogue, people familiar with developments said.
This will also be the second meeting between Jaishankar and Pompeo in the space of about 20 days, as they met in Tokyo on October 6. (Photo@SecPompeo)
This will also be the second meeting between Jaishankar and Pompeo in the space of about 20 days, as they met in Tokyo on October 6. (Photo@SecPompeo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2020 10:44 PM IST
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Palau invites US military to build bases as China seeks regional clout

“The US military is welcome to build facilities in our country”, Palau President Tommy Remengesau had told visiting US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper last week.
An aerial shot of the Palau island(AP)
An aerial shot of the Palau island(AP)
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Koror, Palau | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by: Karan Manral

China became ‘more aggressive’ during Covid-19; deployed troops along LAC: US defence chief

US defence chief Mark Esper said Beijing was trying to use the coronavirus tragedy to their advantage for “propaganda purposes”.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper.(AP)
Defense Secretary Mark Esper.(AP)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 10:36 AM IST
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ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar

US says no plans to deploy troops from Germany to Indo-Pacific

“Right now there are no plans to do so,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at a briefing on the review of troops posture in eastern command.
The top Pentagon official, however, kept open the possibility saying the US could “eventually take a look” at the Indo-Pacific during a review of the Indo-Pacific command.(Reuters file photo)
The top Pentagon official, however, kept open the possibility saying the US could “eventually take a look” at the Indo-Pacific during a review of the Indo-Pacific command.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2020 09:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washignton | ByYashwant Raj

Twin naval exercises with US supercarriers signal QUAD has arrived

US supercarriers carried out a joint exercise with Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean, and a second one with the other two QUAD members - Australia and Japan - in the Philippine Sea.
The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and units from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and Australian Defence Force participate in trilateral military exercises in the Philippine Sea(US Navy)
The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and units from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and Australian Defence Force participate in trilateral military exercises in the Philippine Sea(US Navy)
Updated on Jul 22, 2020 04:36 PM IST
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Amid tensions with China, Esper hails India-US security ties

Gourangalal Das, the former joint secretary (Americas) in the external affairs ministry who played a key role in arrangements for US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country this year, has already left for Taipei to take over as the representative in-charge of the India Taipei Association.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at US Southern Command.(AP)
Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at US Southern Command.(AP)
Updated on Jul 22, 2020 10:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar

Relationship with India important, monitoring LAC very closely: US defense secretary

US defence secretary Mark Esper said the US is “monitoring it very closely and what’s happening along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)”. He said the US was “very pleased to see that both sides are trying to de-escalate the situation”.
US defence secretary Mark Esper made a special mention of burgeoning India-US security ties, which in recent years have expanded to the 2+2 dialogue(@EsperDoD/Twitter)
US defence secretary Mark Esper made a special mention of burgeoning India-US security ties, which in recent years have expanded to the 2+2 dialogue(@EsperDoD/Twitter)
Updated on Jul 21, 2020 07:21 PM IST
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US will respond if Russia bounty reports are true, says Pentagon

Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on the role of the military during recent protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are seen during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on 'Department of Defense Authorities and Roles Related to Civilian Law Enforcement' in Washington, DC, US.(REUTERS)
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are seen during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on 'Department of Defense Authorities and Roles Related to Civilian Law Enforcement' in Washington, DC, US.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 05:55 AM IST
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Washington DC | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

‘Taliban accord hopeful moment but road ahead not easy’: Pentagon chief on peace deal

While the peace deal was signed by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, US defense secretary Mark Esper met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul where they announced a joint declaration.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, speaks during a joint news conference in presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.(AP)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, speaks during a joint news conference in presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Feb 29, 2020 09:17 PM IST
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