Trump may move closer to India to balance China: Chinese media
The Chinese state media has predicted that New Delhi may not accept a "quasi-alliance" with Washington to retain its independent foreign policy.
The Chinese state media has predicted that the Indo-US relations will become an important part of President-elect Donald Trump's diplomacy to "suppress" China, but it will have limited impact on Beijing as New Delhi may not accept a "quasi-alliance" with Washington to retain its independent foreign policy.
US-Indian relations will become an important part of Trump's diplomacy. With the purpose of stabilising the external situation and straightening out problems at home, the Trump administration will seek an improving relationship with India," an article in the state-run Global Times said.
It further said that Indian can play a limited role in assisting the US due to its own domestic problems. Trump administration will not put US-Indian relations in a very important position, and its enthusiasm for building a quasi-alliance with India will decrease," the article said.
The newspaper says that since India has always followed Jawaharlal Nehru’s non-alignment policy, it will not set a goal of allying with the US in suppressing China as the US hopes. “Therefore, there are unbridgeable differences between American intentions for developing a close relationship with India to balance China and India's concept of developing independent diplomacy toward the US and China,” it said.
When dealing with global challenges such as climate change, nuclear proliferation and terrorism, the US may require India to make greater contributions to specific fields which only the US is concerned about, it said.
"This will reduce India's trust in the US, and weaken the basis for deepening bilateral cooperation to the level the US looks forward to," it said.
"To sum up, US-Indian relations during Trump's term will have a limited impact on China. The intensive US-India security cooperation during the Obama administration will be changed due to Trump's adjustment in diplomacy, easing off the pressure on China," it said.