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India presents China a two-front problem, U.S. Navy chief suggests

Adm. Gilday calls New Delhi an essential strategic partner of the future

An Indian fighter plane flies over a mountain range in Leh, in the Ladakh region, where the country has a border dispute with China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- India will be a crucial partner for the U.S. in the future, playing a key role in countering China, America's highest-ranking Navy officer has said.

"I've spent more time on a trip to India than I have with any other country, because I consider them to be a strategic partner for us in the future," Adm. Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, told an in-person seminar hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Thursday. He was referring to a five-day visit to India last October.

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