Just weeks after Putin warned India against threat to its sovereignty and further elaborated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov now with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to America another power has echoed the same urging India to be wary of and not fall victim to a geopolitical trap laid for it in the guise of balancing China.
Writing for the Chinese mouthpiece Global Times, Yu Ning observes in the piece titled Being a pawn for US containment strategy a trap for India:
The Atlantic Council, a top US think tank, has released a policy paper titled “Transforming India from a balancing to leading power” ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit this week. Describing India as a “key piece in the jigsaw” for the US, the report highlights that Washington will need New Delhi to counter Beijing’s growing influence in the world, and urges US President Donald Trump’s administration to prioritize its ties with India.
Indians might feel a sense of pride as the strategic importance of their country in counterbalancing China was hyped by US think tanks and media outlets. However, being a “key piece in the jigsaw for the US” is nothing to be proud of. Instead, it is more likely a trap that deserves India’s vigilance.
Washington’s pursuit of closer ties with New Delhi is mainly driven by its strategic need to utilize India as a tool to counterbalance China. How many practical interests can India gain from it? During Barack Obama’s tenure, in order to woo India, he promised to support India’s bid for a UN Security Council seat, but did not put it to any practical action. Will Trump take substantial steps to facilitate India’s UNSC bid? It’s hard to tell. Will Trump put more pressure on Pakistan for its alleged support of terrorist groups? The answer is very likely to be negative.
Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China’s rise. In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the US has cozied up to India. But India is not a US ally like Japan or Australia. To assume a role as an outpost country in the US’ strategy to contain China is not in line with India’s interests. It could even lead to catastrophic results. If India regresses from its non-alignment stance and becomes a pawn for the US in countering China, it will be caught up in a strategic dilemma and new geopolitical frictions will be triggered in South Asia.
In an era when emerging countries have been playing an increasingly important role in global affairs, if India, an important participant in two non-Western organizations – the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS – can firmly stand together with China in striving for more discourse power, it will be helpful for New Delhi to realize its big power ambitions.
What the Russians and the Chinese are referring to is India’s tilt and closeness to, according to a recent study – the network of global corporate control that can be termed the Global Oligarchy. It is this tilt that is inviting geopolitical confrontations into India dragging India more and more into the conflicts of other nations. It is precisely to avoid this ‘fight for global dominance’ being imported into their countries that the Non Alignment Movement came into existence. India has historically been the founder and leader of NAM leading the third world countries and creating a power bloc in itself. India has sent a strong signal in choosing to skip the last NAM summit held in Venezuela. This was the first NAM summit that was not attended by an Indian PM, except for 1979 when caretaker PM Charan Singh skipped the summit in Havana.
However still, it is not too late and the nations of the world still look up to India in this post-crisis world to lead them forward. The only question is who will lead India?