Rex W. Tillerson made a trip to South Asia where he advocated for closer ties with India. According to him, China needed to be watched closely since it posed a major threat to the rest of the world. He urged Pakistan to mobilize its resources towards fighting terrorism.

At the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Mr. Tillerson proceeded to wish everyone a happy Diwali. For several months, there have been rumors that the top official has been considering leaving the Trump administration. That might have sprouted from the fact that in the recent times his relationship with the U.S leader has been at the very least rocky.

In several instances, the U.S leader has been spotted posting messages on Twitter which in every sense undercut Mr. Tillerson’s diplomatic efforts. The other thing has been Mr. Tillerson’s open disagreement with most of Trump’s important policies.

Quite a significant number of the U.S officials have in the recent times been calling for closer ties with India. In his speech, Mr. Tillerson seemed to pay a major focus on improved economic and military relations between the U.S and India. He said that Trump looked at the partnership between the U.S and India with utmost importance. He has been going out of his way in efforts to deepen ways for the two to stabilize the partnership.

However, Mr. Tillerson said a rather unusual thing when he laid a major emphasis on the point that the United States liked India more than it did China.

Mr. Tillerson opined, “China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty.”

He added that both the United States and India stood strongly behind international law and norms. China has over the years been conducting provocative actions in the South China Sea and in the process challenging the same laws and norms. His criticism on Pakistan was not immense. However, it was clear India was his favorite.