25 November, 2020

Peking Ducked

Indo-US ties have a special salience, regardless of China

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Peking Ducked

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Washington visit should reassure India that the Barack Obama administration values the partnership and intends to build a genuine strategic alliance on the progress made during the Bush years. In addition to signing a slew of agreements pledging cooperation on issues like counter-terrorism, clean energy and education, President Obama called India a “rising and responsible” power and welcomed its role in helping shape the political and security environment in Asia. He also repeatedly described the relations between the two nations as one of the “defining partnerships of the 21st century”.

These were welcome words for Indians who have been wary of Obama’s personal commitment to the relationship. Indian scepticism stems primarily from statements Obama made last year on the campaign trail favouring the appointment of a US envoy on j&k and portraying India’s rising economy as a threat to American jobs.

But the most pronounced Indian fears about the potential...



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