Indispensable association | Editorial HT – editorials
The definitive proof that the United States (USA) remains the indispensable nation in India’s foreign policy is that relations have flourished even under the most extravagant presidents. President Donald Trump combines a mercantilist understanding of the eighteenth century world and a tendency to please world leaders or not, regardless of the national interests of the United States. UU. Even a few decades ago, this would have posed insurmountable barriers for an Indian leader. Today, the underlying strategic link between the two countries means that large sectors of each other’s economies, governments and civil societies are now invested with each other. Relationships have continued to deepen and expand, almost regardless of who has resided in the White House or Lok Kalyan Marg. And this has happened, despite the new disagreements.
President Trump took office arguing that the international order, in its current form, bleeds the United States. UU. Of jobs and wealth, and it is full of countries that are out of the Pentagon budget and, therefore, must be modified from top to bottom. India has its own problems with global equity, but sees a silent reform rather than an insurgent approach as the solution. India has been more concerned about China’s most insidious attempts to subvert and dominate the global system, starting with Asia. Even while the international system is changing, the Trump administration has also recognized that Beijing’s goals are not so much to redistribute power as to monopolize it. Trump’s willingness to break furniture to respond to China’s challenge is one of the reasons why New Delhi sees it with a more positive light than many other capitals. However, the indirect effect is greater friction between India and the United States on commercial and technological issues. The attempts of the Modi government to revive the manufacturing behind higher tariffs and the desire to create national champions in the digital sphere will not receive a free Trump pass. There is no clear solution to these differences and, therefore, managing them is important, which is where the summits and the full stadiums come on the scene.
The basis of the relationship is quite simple: India and the United States share a remarkably similar vision of how they would like the world to evolve in the coming decades. There are many Western countries that would get closer to the vision of things in the United States. There are some developing countries that would be closer to the elements of the Indian vision. But among the largest democracies there are not two who, despite a brief shared history and no formal alliance, have so much in common.