EFEBy Sarwar Kashani. Srinagar, India

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is carrying out a week-long four-nation trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia as the US seeks stronger security ties to balance the growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will accompany Pompeo on the first-leg of the trip, in India, that begins on Monday, a week before the US presidential election. EFE