Frequent allusions to the fact that India may overtake China in terms of economic growth rate and be the next super economy is matter of great pride to an Indian. Its close relationship with USA has in a way led it being recognized as a leading democracy in the world.
Primarily India’s geography is strategically indispensable to USA. It is not as remotely located as its other Asian alley Japan, and its size poses an eminent threat to the economic expansion of China. China’s mysterious government and headstrong policies showing an utter disregard for international trade laws, yet wanting to be a global player to enjoy the fruits of globalization has made it a formidable economy.
The chilling embargo for Rare earth metal during the 1960s, when the process of digitalization of the world was in progress illustrated the pivotal power that China holds in the world. However India with its diplomatic approach has contributed immensely to engaging China in mutually beneficial endeavors.
Invariably China and other terror struck countries form the bases of discussion when the envoys of USA and India meet. India too has moved away from its previous theory of non-alignment and has instead adopted the policy of maintaining healthy relationships with every country. This new stance has led India to severely question China’s stake in the South China Sea much to the delight of their US counterparts.
India’s continued trade with Myanmar, despite the support for Aung Suu Ki, was a lesson in inter-country relations for the USA, who learnt that imposing hugely degrading sanctions was not only ineffective but also counterproductive.
USA’s relationship with India is therefore more than just an exchange of human capital and technology. It involves a careful balancing of the powers of the world.