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COURSE TOPIC THE HINDU EDITORIAL TIMES 7 - JUNE 2018
TITLE NO LONGER SEEING EYE TO EYE?
HEADLINE With India recalibrating its relations with other powers, the India-U.S. equation is not quite balancing out
NO LONGER SEEING EYE TO EYE? At his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last week, billed as a major foreign policy statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of India and the U.S.'s "shared vision" of an open and secure Indo-Pacific region . Yet his words differed so much from those of U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, who spoke at the same event, that it seemed clear that New Delhi and Washington no longer see eye-to-eye on this issue, and several others as well
NO LONGER SEEING EYE TO EYE? OCEANIC GULF) To begin with, Mr. Modi referred to the Indo-Pacific, a term coined by the U.S. for the Indian and Pacific Oceans region, as a natural geographical region, not a strategic one, while Mr. Mattis called the Indo-Pacific a "priority theatre" and a subset of [America's] broader security strategy" for his military command, now renamed the Indo-Pacific Command 93 95
NO LONGER SEEING EYE TO EYE? Meanwhile, Mr. Modi now essays a closer engagement with Chinese President Xi Jinping and a relationship reset with China after the Wuhan meeting. The Quad formation, which is holding its second official meeting today in has also been given short shrift. India rejected an Australian request to join maritime exercises along with the U.S. and Japan this June, and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said quite plainly last month that there was no plan to "militarise" the Quad
NO LONGER SEEING EYE TO EYE? Trade protectionism is clearly the other big point of divergence between India and the U.S., which have in recent months taken each other to the World Trade Organisation on several issues. There has been a surge in disputes between the two countries: on the new American steel and aluminium tariffs, the proposed cuts in HIB professional visas and cancellation of H4 spouse visas, on India's tariffs and resistance to U.S. exports of dairy and pork products
NO LONGER SEEING EYE TO EYE? the new U.S. law called Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with the threat of more secondary sanctions. If a week is a long time in politics, in geopolitics today a year is an eternity.
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