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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53 9. Contradiction between India’s triangle strategy and the USA’s assertion of its hegemonic status 9.1. Some discord over the nuclear deal India’s strategic community had to take into consideration that American Congressmen have some problems when it comes to egalitarian thinking. For instance, some members of the American Congress, whose approval was needed for the landmark nuclear deal with India, signaled very early that agreement may be hard to obtain. US Congressman Tom Lantos, an influential Democrat in the House of Representatives International Relations Committee, announced: “New Delhi must understand how important their cooperation and support is to U.S. initiatives to counter the nuclear threat from Iran.” (Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews.com International Editor, September 12, 2005: India Wants Closer Ties With US - But Also With Iran). In this context, Goodenough made a reference to the gas pipeline: “Also sensitive is the fact that the Iranian nuclear crisis is deepening at a time India and Iran have agreed to develop a pipeline to carry gas from Iran to India, via Pakistan. Washington says it opposes the pipeline project” (ibid.). Although India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh responded with the comment, “Individual Congressmen can say what they want - it is a free country,” it remained to be seen whether, ultimately, the US would actually accept a strategic partnership between the United States and India that was on an equal footing. Only nineteen months later Siddharth Varadarajan mentioned the “Hyde Act” which “sums up obstacles in the way of implementation of nuclear...
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