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The writer cautioned Delhi to keep its eyes open for a return of these familiar themes in the U.S. approach to Pakistan.

"We expect the same from our neighbors", it said - a reference to Afghanistan and India.

He cautioned that the effort will take time.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the South Asian nation has been on the front line in the struggle against terrorism, having made "great sacrifices" and "important contributions" in the fight. Mr. Trump argued that deadlines allowed the Taliban to wait it out and that he would judge the success of the mission according to "conditions on the ground".

Tillerson was expanding on Trump's Monday speech that laid out the administration's approach to the war of nearly 16 years, which has claimed more than 2,000 USA lives and billions of dollars since it was launched by President George W. Bush in October 2001.

More surprising was Trump's blunt challenge to India and how he linked Afghanistan's economic revitalization to totally separate U.S.

During the administration of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, US military officials privately expressed frustration about their inability to strike at many Taliban targets - including training camps - unless they could show a direct threat to US forces or major impact on the Afghan state.

"So we appreciate that, we're grateful to that and we look forward to India continuing to play a role in what we believe is an eventual peace process in Afghanistan".

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On Tuesday, Tillerson declined to offer many more details beyond what the President had. We have to be judicious in our use of force, but not to the point it puts our troops in jeopardy and makes them less effective.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", Trump had said in his speech on Monday.

While announcing USA policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, President Trump has vowed to win the war in Afghanistan by committing more United States troops as he called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies such as Britain to increase troop numbers "in line with our own". "We will not fail in Afghanistan, our national security depends on that as well".

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa - in a meeting with United States Ambassador David Hale at General Headquarters (GHQ) - on Wednesday said that peace in Afghanistan is as important for Pakistan as for any country.

I do wonder how that is different than President George W. Bush's approach? "This is a key region for them considering the need to influence Pakistan, India and China", Frants Klintsevich, the deputy head of the upper house Committee for Defense and a veteran of the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. The US Congress is proposing to enact a legislation to progressively reduce/cut off economic and military aid and supplies to Pakistan. He also blasted Pakistan for its complicity in supporting terrorist groups such as the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Beijing has made it clear that it will back Pakistan on its position regarding a role for the Taliban, which equates the Taliban and the Afghan government.

"If so, that's a choice that they will make and then we will make choices based on their choice", he said.


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