On October 18, 2017, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an Israeli advocacy group, formally admitted that China was the cause of America’s intensified political and military activities in the Indian Ocean – and as the reason for its deepening ties with India which has brought the two-nuclear power contestation in the region to a new high level.
“China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty. China’s provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the international law and norms that the United States and India both stand for. The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we will not shrink from China’s challenges to the rules-based order and where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries and disadvantages the US and our friends,” Tillerson whined.
One wonders which Chinese neighbors Tillerson had in mind other than India which received a crushing defeat from China in 1962? The only other regional nuclear power, Pakistan, is one of China’s strongest ally even though it has been under US influence since 1954. Maybe, Tillerson meant Myanmar and Sri Lanka which are famous being killing fields for Muslim-minorities like India.
In 2015, Barack Obama and Narendra Modi inked a new 10-year defense agreement to facilitate joint military education and training as well as enhanced US defense sales to India (the world’s largest arms importer) and defense co-production premised on the sharing of sensitive but potent US military technologies. In a Joint Strategic Vision document both declared a partnership spanning the region from Africa to East Asia, agreed to move India closer to membership in APEC, and pledged a common interest in upholding freedom of navigation and over flight across the region, especially in the South China Sea.
On October 21, 2017, M.K. Bhadrakumar, India’s former ambassador to Uzbekistan penned an article at Asia Times – claiming that “US woos India into 100-year alliance against China.” Such alliance would add more poverty and misery to India’s 1.2 billion population – 56% of which is already living below poverty line. It will only add to India’s arms race which began when India made an alliance with Soviet Union in the 1950s.
Daniel Twining, senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of America, a Zionist advocacy group, had his own axe to grind.
“From an American perspective, managing the Asian balance of power becomes much easier to the extent that there is a strong, friendly state of similar weight to China next door, which is why Washington must continue to support the Indian government’s efforts to fuel the kind of sustained economic growth India enjoyed in the 2000s, when it grew at annual rates approaching 10 percent. The United States also has a compelling interest in promoting India as a successful democracy, to demonstrate to other emerging powers that they need not mimic China’s authoritarian development model in order to modernize. A vibrant Indo-American partnership, in conjunction with healthy U.S. alliances in Europe and Japan, is likely to create a very different strategic future for Asia and the world than the Sino-centric one championed in Beijing but opposed by nearly every other power,” Twining wrote at the Jewish Policy Center.org.