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The Delhi-DC-Beijing triangle – Editorials

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump took the opportunity for the latter to invite India to the planned summit of the Group of Seven more to discuss the situation on the India-China border. on Tuesday. The conversation raises the question of how New Delhi should use geopolitical cards when playing another round of shotgun poker with Beijing. Of their own free will, American officials have voiced their voices in China during this crisis, combining the border intrusions of Beijing with its strangling of the South China Sea and Hong Kong. This may please Indians, but an open role for the United States in a bilateral dispute does not necessarily make things easier for India.

New Delhi should not define strategic autonomy as the external relations of a hermit. Statecraft is about increasing options, not reducing them. Dealing with China, a country that knows its much greater weight, means that all possible diplomatic, economic and military means must be applied. A measure of the strength of a nation is how many friends it has, and being able to say that one of them is that the USA USA It still counts a lot. Beijing sees Washington as its only peer; Therefore, bringing the United States into a dispute can be helpful. In a series of past cases, whether border negotiations in the 1980s or forced China to stop stapling visas for Indian Kashmiris, India has taken advantage of its proximity to the United States. In the case of the Doklam showdown, it worked best to keep the United States at a distance.

At the same time, an India that manages such crises by its own capacity develops within its institutions and systems of government. Resilience based on domestic strengths, independent of the international environment, is the best means of deterring troubled neighbors. Furthermore, the disputes over a dozen kilometers of barren land are small enough; entangling them in a superpower rivalry will not facilitate resolution. India’s interests now range from local to global, and therefore a part of your skill set should be judging when to use a scalpel and when to use a broad sword. An emerging power must recognize what external crises can be managed at what level. Currently, the Galwan Valley is best managed bilaterally, as US support. USA It is used only as background noise. There are other long-term issues regarding China, in areas like technology standards and maritime security, that can be addressed at places like the large G-7 summit.

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