When the China-India border tensions have not been fully resolved, Washington has “warmed up” relations with New Delhi, expanded solidarity and expressed its intention to help India deal with China.
Mr. Pompeo said that countries in the Quad group (the Diamond Four: USA, India, Japan, Australia) are developing policies to demonstrate their ability to counter the threats that China can pose for each of the Quad’s countries.
Robert O’Brien, the US national security advisor, also acknowledged the strong relationship between India and the US, calling it “an important partnership for America in the 21st century”.
The fact that senior US officials, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper – scheduled to go to India for the US-India 2 + 2 dialogue, which takes place October 26-27 – is even more possible. show cohesion between two parties.
Even so, India is still hesitant to accept American help in dealing with China. Both India and China have repeatedly rejected any foreign interference, even Trump’s offer to mediate.
Previously, Mr. Trump had offered to mediate for New Delhi and Beijing after a bloody clash between the two countries’ armies in the Actual Control Line (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in June.
Trump’s second offer to mediate came when tensions on the Sino-Indian border escalated in August. India at that time accused the Chinese military of carrying out provocative acts in the region. Pangong Tso lake.
BBC quoted Nitasha Kaul, associate professor of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Westminster (UK), saying that the reason India hesitant to accept US help is due to foreign policy. Washington’s are moving in the opposite direction and Mr Trump is reducing US commitments globally.
“Therefore, the verbal statements of the Trump administration apparatus do not make much sense,” Nitasha said. The United States has ceased to prove itself a reliable strategic partner in many parts of the world under President Trump, said an associate professor at the University of Westminster.
Ashok Swain, professor at the Faculty of Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden), told the BBC that India should not trust the US too much.
Although India and China have shown their intention to maintain peace in the border areas, the possibility of war cannot be ruled out completely.
India’s Chief of Defense General, General Bipin Rawat, earlier said that if talks between the two sides remain deadlocked, India is ready for a military solution.
Indian Air Force Commander Marshal RKS Bhadauria echoed the same stance, saying that the Indian Air Force is ready for any possible conflict, including war on two fronts, refers to China and Pakistan, two neighboring countries in the north and east of India.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 13 called on the Chinese military to “put all of its mind and strength to get ready for war,” said CNN, citing sources from Xinhua.