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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
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America Can’t Contain Us

There is no reason for China to worry over improving Indo-US ties.

America Can’t Contain Us
Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
America Can’t Contain Us
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American President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit to India reverses the period of indifference with which Washington treated New Delhi and should help normalise relations between the two countries. Long before India tested its nuclear weapons in 1998, Washington would hardly hurry to appoint its ambassador to New Delhi. During the 1971 war that created Bangladesh, the United States sent its aircraft carrier, much to the disgust of the Indians. Later, following India’s “peaceful” nuclear explosion in 1974, an annoyed America established the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an export cartel aimed at, among other things, curbing India. Indeed, for a long time, “the strongest democracy” showed not much respect to the world’s “biggest democracy” because of its nuclear quest.

True, China expressed regret, reasonable though it was, over Pokhran I and Pokhran II, but it never sanctioned India, believing such methods are neither effective nor helpful to settling international disputes. Another...

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