`Indo-US strategic dialogue could put more pressure on China`
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 16:42
Beijing: The first ever Indo-US strategic dialogue being held in Washington to forge closer ties could put "more pressure on China", according to a Chinese observer.

"Washington is hosting the first-ever strategic dialogue between the US and India in hopes of forging stronger ties, a move observers say may put more pressure on China," state-run 'China Daily' reported today quoting the observer.

"The US may hope to get from India what it failed to get from China, and through a strengthened cooperation with another Asian giant, pressure China more on many issues," the daily quoted Hu Shisheng, a scholar of South Asia studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, as saying.

It is expected that cooperation on counter-terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, India's role in Afghanistan, issues related to science and technology will be discussed during the meeting, the report said.

It also quoted US undersecretary of state for political affairs William Burns as saying that the dialogue would elevate India to rank of US' one "most important" global partners.

"India, as a major power in Asia, has long placed its relationship with the US at its heart especially in regards to its rising regional influence," Hu said.

Hu said New Dehli hopes to see more dedication to practical fields such as nuclear cooperation and technology transfer, while Washington wants its partner to further open its market and show continual support on the Iranian nuclear issue.

"But the dialogue will be more ceremonious than effective. The US has already held many such dialogues with China and Pakistan, and now India needs to verify its importance to the US through the same channel," Hu said referring to the second round of strategic and economic dialogue between China and US here last month.

In March Pakistan and the US completed their fourth round of strategic dialogue, which was upgraded to ministerial level last year.


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 16:42

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