Central Asia is a fundamental link in China’s economic and strategic reach across the Eurasian land mass.
Indian proximity to the U.S. and QUAD would increase, as would Indian engagement with Chinese adversaries in Southeast Asia.
Liberal democracies must learn the lessons of the past by thinking long term, applying a strong moral code – and avoiding hubris.
At a time when the Donald Trump administration is seriously beginning the process of trade and technology “decoupling” with China, Washington and New Delhi are closer today than ever before.
He had the power to do something about the president’s truly shocking abuses of power, but he chose not to use it.
As uncertainty remains over casualties suffered by Chinese and Indian forces in the Himalayas, both sides must acknowledge they have no good reason to go to war with each other.
China wants to limit New Delhi’s power and ambition; it wants India to accept Beijing’s primacy in Asia and beyond; it wants to impose costs on India for deepening ties with the United States.
China is seeking to complete its thus far bulletless aggression against India by forestalling through negotiations an Indian counteroffensive.
Despite signals from President Donald Trump in Washington, India is not going to step into the war of a “geostrategic response” to China in South and Southeast Asia where China is seen flexing its military muscle.
To think that Chinese consumers will somehow replace U.S. spending in the near term is overly optimistic at best. Realistically, it sounds more like a pipe dream.