Global Ambitions and Decline- Emergence of the Interregional Asian Triangle and the Relegation of the US as a Hegemonic Power. The Reorientation of Europe
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7. India’s current course 7.1. The scenario of a new East-West conflict avoided For a while, India had been pursuing its ‘shortcut’ to achieving the status of a global player, nudged on by the optimism of some generals and admirals of the Indian armed forces. For instance, Admiral J.G. Nadkarni wrote, “. . . Under the new defense agreement both countries will work towards greater defense cooperation which will include more joint exercises, collaboration on multinational operations, access to US weapons and technology, technology transfers, an expansion of two-way defense trade, expanding collaboration on missile defense, increase in the exchange of intelligence, and a number of other areas relating to cooperation in peacekeeping operations and disaster management.” (J.G. Nadkarni, Terms of India-U.S. Endearment, in The Asian Age, 30 July, 2005). If India’s policy had evolved in line with Nadkarni’s ideas, the USA would have taken the place of Russia as India’s main supplier of military equipment, a position Russia held for a long time. At that time an Indian expert on international relations asked himself whether he would like to see the USA or China on the winning side of a new ‘East-West’ conflict. His answer came as no surprise. Because China is geographically closer to India, his preference was for the United States, even if the Bush administration could be expected to make a failure of it as it did in the Iraq war. If more influential Indian experts were to have responded in similar fashion23, the interplay of world powers would...
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