US can never abondon Pakistan due it's geopolitical significance: Global Times

US can never abondon Pakistan due it's geopolitical significance: Global Times
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BEIJING - On Monday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in India to promote American weapons and tout for American strategy. Some Indian media claimed that stronger India-US defense cooperation is aimed against China. 

India has indeed kept enhancing defense cooperation with the US in recent years. The two sides signed a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement in 2016 and transport aircraft and drone deals when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US in June this year. 

It is said that the contracted value of military purchases between the two since 2008 has reached $14 billion. Yet deeper India-US defense cooperation is not without obstacles. 

First, US-Pakistan relations give India a reason for distrust. Though Pakistan's position in America's regional and global strategies is declining, the US will never abandon Pakistan, because the latter remains geopolitically significant. 

There are serious doubts about a lasting American stance on India-Pakistan relations. Some ask "Why does the US always tell India to live in peace with Pakistan?" Although America has promised to strengthen strategic partnership with India, it will not cease weapon deals with Pakistan. 

In February 2016 when the US approved the sale of eight F-16 fighters to Pakistan, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs summoned the American ambassador and expressed India's "disappointment."

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