`Unrealistically` high hopes from Indo-US ties

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 14:10

Washington: Expectations from a Indo-US
partnership are "unrealistically high", a report has claimed, saying that the two nations interests, policies and diplomatic
style will often diverge.

The report by Washington-based think tank released as
as US President Barack Obama, prepares to visit India in less
than a fortnight from now, said, India, the US and China will
operate in a triangular relationship that mixes cooperation
with competition and pressures and non will be closed partner
of the other.

It said that US cannot do much to help India as New
Delhi has different long term needs and interests as a
developing country.

"US policy cannot do much to help India`s rise, but it
can inflict major damage on global problem-solving efforts if
it defers too readily to the narrow, often mercantile demands
of the current relationship," said the report "Toward
Realistic US-India Relations," of the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace.

"Rather than maintaining the pretence of
partnership, a truly pro-India policy would acknowledge that
India has different near-term needs and interests as a
developing country than does the United States, even as it
recognises that each will benefit in the long run from the
success of the other," said George Perkovich, author of the
report, which will be formally released today.

"Most of what the US government can do for India
lies in the broader global arena, and most of what India needs
at home it must do for itself," he said that his 54-page report
notes that careful analysis of US and Indian interests does
not show a close convergence in some key areas, and in cases such as China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, they differ in how to pursue shared interests even when both states benefit from each other`s successes.
Shared democracy is said to make the United States and
India "natural allies," but domestic politics and economics
often keep each state from adopting policies that would befit
a partnership, the report says.

Emphasising military competition with China, as some
do, is counterproductive, it said.
For the foreseeable future, the US, India, and China
will operate in a triangular relationship that mixes
cooperation with competition and pressure and none will be
close partners of the others.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 14:10

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