Indo-US relations: The next big idea

Lokanathan, Venkateshwaran (2011) Indo-US relations: The next big idea. Defence and Security Alert. pp. 95-98.

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Kautilya, the respected Indian diplomacy and statecraft guru had once said – “Friends and Enemies are born out of circumstances”. This observation is an apt description of the Indo-US friendship in the 21st century. The power game over the last two decades has shifted from the West to the East and more specifically to Asia represented by its huge population, cheap labour and growing markets. India and the United States have reasons to be concerned with China. On the one hand, increasing Chinese investments in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Myanmar, as part of its overall plan to increase its stakes in South Asia, is causing considerable concern for India. On the other hand, increasing Chinese influence in Pakistan is complicating US plans to draw down troops from neighbouring Afghanistan by 2014. India and the United States have a wonderful opportunity to align their visions in Afghanistan so that China and Pakistan’s influence is negated. This will be part of the larger American plan to align with India in an effort to contain China’s global ambitions.

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Subjects: Departments at MU > Geopolitical and International Relations
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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2011 05:15
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2011 05:15

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