Analysts believe that the US is increasing security ties with India to balance China’s growing grandeur and influence. Although still he is refraining from giving state-of-the-art weapons to India. The reason for this is that both America and India have close relations with each other’s enemies. The friendship between India and Russia is well known. At the same time, America has given weapons to Pakistan’s enemy on a large scale. This is the reason that despite the biggest threat to India in the form of China and aggressive policies of the Modi government, New Delhi is cautiously increasing friendship with America.
‘India should shun its policy of non-alignment’
At the same time, the US is making full efforts to bring India into a network of like-minded countries to give a befitting reply to China’s efforts to change the world order. The US campaign seems to be gaining momentum on the quad platform which also includes India, Japan and Australia. The Quad is believed to be a group formed to respond to the growing influence of China in Asia. The US President is arriving in Tokyo on May 24 to attend the Quad meeting. In such a situation, now American policy makers are expecting India to move away from its long-standing policy of non-alignment in view of China’s aggressive stance and Russia’s war.
According to the report of the South China Morning Post, the Indo-Pacific region coordinator of the US President’s Office White House, Kurt Campbell, in a speech on Monday underlined the importance of India in Biden’s regional policy. He said, “One thing that is clearly going on between the US and Europe is that there is a need to develop more relations with India. In this new strategic perspective, India is a result-changing country in many ways. He said that it is in our interest to work towards bringing India to the west.
The policy of increasing friendship with India started during Bush’s time
Actually, efforts to bring India into the western camp had started during the time of former US President George W. Bush. It continues till now. Keeping this in mind, the Civil Nuclear Agreement was signed in the year 2005. From the year 2008 till now, America has sold weapons worth $ 20 billion to India, which was zero earlier. There have also been many agreements regarding military cooperation. Despite all this, the relations between the two countries are growing very slowly. Many analysts believe that the reason for this is that America is avoiding giving sensitive technology to India. However, even after this, defense agreements worth billions of dollars are being signed between the two countries.
China is the common enemy of India and America, increasing its power
On the other hand, Russia is openly giving state-of-the-art weapons to India at a very low price. 70 percent of India’s weapons are of Russian origin. South Asian affairs expert Aparna Pandey says, “Russia’s attack on Ukraine gives the US an opportunity to reduce India’s dependence on Russian weapons.” America has to convince Indians that this is not an economic but a strategic matter. America has to offer more to India. Otherwise America will lose its opportunity.’ That too when their common enemy China has increased the challenge to the US and India in terms of technology, space, diplomatic and investment in South Asia. However, India-Russia friendship is becoming a hindrance in this, which is America’s biggest enemy in Biden’s eyes.