US-China-India: a hate triangle amid a tug of war between China, USA
US-China tensions have escalated over a wide range of issues some of which even suggest that the world’s two largest economies are about to indulge in a new ‘cold war’. However, India should be careful about being involved in this tug of war between the United States and China.
Edited by: Jalis Akhtar Nasiri & Tasneem Abdul Kareem
New Delhi: India should be careful about being involved in the US-China rivalry because, Beijing says, “India has little to gain from engaging in the US-China conflict over any topic, with more to lose than gain”.
An article by the renowned newspaper ‘The Global Times’ says, “Modi government needs to face the new geopolitical development objectively and rationally.” It observed that with the nationalist sentiment on the rise in India, there have been some voices calling for the Indian government to join the new cold war and exploit its position for more gains. Such irrational voices are nothing but misleading and should not represent the mainstream voices sway the Indian government’s stance.
Nonetheless, under the current circumstance, India needs to be careful not to include the US factor in its handling of any problem in its relations with China, otherwise, it will only complicate the issue. The advice to India comes amid the standoff in Eastern Ladakh where troops from both the countries have been deployed since early this month amid rising tension on the border row.
China and India have the ability to resolve their dilemmas without the intervention of any third-party. “If in a new Cold War, India leans towards the US or becomes a US pawn attacking China, the economic and trade ties between the two Asian contries will suffer a devastating gust as well as it would be too much for the Indian economy to take such a hit at the current stage”, the United News of India has quoted the article as saying.
The article says that China’s tone of maintaining a cooperative relationship with India has not changed, so they are still willing to offer support to India’s lockdown lifting by strengthening bilateral cooperation to help its economic recovery and deepening bilateral trade ties during the process.
The article writes, “China doesn’t want to see a circumstance where politics leads to economic repercussions, so the Indian government is advised to always view the India-China relations with rational intellects instead of being lured by domestic nationalist sentiment.”
On the COVID-19 pandemic, the daily observed that over the weekend, the Indian government just announced to lift the national lockdown by allowing malls, restaurants, and places of worship in some places to reopen from June 8. The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has crossed the 1,80,000 mark on Sunday. Still, the process of the lockdown being eased has started as the country’s economy has been under enormous strain due to lockdown. There is also a prediction recession due to the nationwide lockdown caused by coronavirus outbreak.