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चीनबाबतचा अविचारी शत्रुभाव

With little or no hope of US support, will Modi quietly withdraw Indian troops?

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On the very day (26 June) that Indian troops crossed over the Sikkim section of Indias border with China to block the construction of a road on the Chinese side in the Doklam or Donglang Plateau, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Washington DC nervously downplaying New Delhis differences with the Donald Trump administration on its America First policies. Not only Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, but even Indias big media seemed to be tense about a possible downgrading of the IndoUS strategic alliance, a global strategic partnership that the Indian ruling elite considers vital to the process of India realising its great power ambitions. A brainchild of Hindutvavadi right-hand men of the Prime Minister, the scheme to create a third point of conflict on the border with Chinathe earlier two concerning the McMahon Line in the North East and Indias claim to Aksai Chin in the North Westhas perhaps been devised to cement the anti-China alliance with US imperialism. But will this devious line of action work?

Since mid-2014, when the Modi government assumed office, the Barack Obama administration took full advantage of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Partys ideological proclivities to get New Delhi geared to assume the role of a frontline state in Americas confrontation with China. Specifically, designating India as a Major Defence Partner which entitles it to defence technology sharing at a level commensurate with that of ... (the USs) closest allies and partners in return for a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement under which the US military can forward deploy at Indian military bases, has enabled Washington to rope India in. Indeed, when in early December 2016, president-elect Trump indicated that he will not be bound by the USs One China policywhich recognises Beijing as the sole legitimate government of all China and has been the foundation of SinoAmerican diplomacy over the last 45 yearsand even hinted that his adherence to this code would be subject to the Chinese government caving in on all other contentious bilateral issues, Modis advisors seemed assured that the Trump administration would be willing to back all the territorial claims of India vis--vis China.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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