Washington: India should come closer to the US
to deter any Chinese aggression and influence, a noted
American expert said here.
"Instead of keeping the US at arms distance with the
hope of placating the Chinese, India should be drawing closer
to the US in ways that solidify and build trust in their own
partnership and deter the Chinese from considering a more
aggressive posture toward India," said Lisa Curtis of `The
She criticised those who are advocating maintaining a
distance with Washington and adopt a foreign policy which they
term "Non-Alignment 2.0".
Curtis was responding to the recently released report
"Non-Alignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India
in the 21st Century," by an Indian think-tank, which was
released by National Security Advisor, Shivshankar Menon.
"US strategic thinkers who are eager to improve ties with
India will be disappointed by the report, as it provides few
imperatives and recommendations for solidifying a US-India
strategic partnership for the 21st century," she said.
"While the report acknowledges that the US (and China)
will be global power centres and that a robust American
maritime presence in the Asia-Pacific will help delay the
projection of Chinese naval power in the Indian Ocean, it also
says that it would be `premature` to conclude that India would
benefit from close ties with the US," Curtis said.
Curtis, a former CIA analyst, said report demonstrates
distrust toward American intentions, and highlights that it
would be risky for India to rely too heavily on the US since
an Indo-US strategic partnership "could become a casualty of
any tactical upswing in Sino-American ties."