Modi government signals: Warmth in US doesn’t mean chill in China

In view of the ongoing NSG plenary in Vienna, the government source spelled out why China should not be “demonized.”

Written by Sheela Bhatt | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2016 10:16 am
Narendra Modi, India, US, US congress, Modi, PM Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi in US, Modi's US visit, Nuclear suppliers group, NSG, NSG india, Modi government, South China SEa, China, India-US, Indo-US relationship, India-US ties, india news On the Paris climate change agreement, India is likely to take its own time, the source said.

LESS than 72 hours after celebrating the Prime Minister’s address to the US Congress in which he called the US an “indispensable partner”, the Modi government is cautiously signalling that the warmth in Washington doesn’t necessarily mean a chill in Beijing.

In fact, a top source in the government said that hammering the point that China is blocking India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group — as is being done in certain quarters — could be counter-productive. Especially at a time when New Delhi is trying to invest in multiple relationships with other powerful nations while getting closer to the US.

In view of the ongoing NSG plenary in Vienna, the government source spelled out why China should not be “demonized.”

India does not have a zero sum game with China, the source said, and the manner in which the two countries are engaged doesn’t show any intent of confrontation.

Share This Article
Share
Related Article

Watch Video: What’s making news

While reacting to the question on the absence of mention of South China Sea in the Indo-US joint statement issued on June 7, unlike some previous statements, the source said that each joint statement is an independent document and India has taken care not to refer to the maritime dispute because it doesn’t serve any Indian interest to “polarise issues” with China.

Interestingly, the source said, no one at the official level in the Chinese leadership has told India that they are opposing its entry into NSG.

There is a kind of ambiguity — a grey area — so far which is read by India as a “somewhat positive” sign. Of course, this doesn’t mean that China is supporting India’s entry into NSG, the source said, but New Delhi believes that Beijing hasn’t slammed the door yet.

Underlining the necessity of India getting into the NSG, the source said India will soon become a player in the global nuclear trade and so it’s better to be part of the formal system.

On the Paris climate change agreement, India is likely to take its own time, the source said.

The India-US joint statement had said: “The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the Agreement as soon as possible this year. India similarly has begun its processes to work toward this shared objective.”

However, domestic compulsions are such, the source said, that this is easier said than done.

For, it entails significant reworking of Indian laws like the Motor Vehicles Act, Electricity act and several environment-related acts besides calculating the loss due to slowing down of certain projects that add to emissions.

Asked to clarify what PM Modi meant by the US being India’s “indispensable partner,” the source said that it should be read in context in which it was said in his speech. US co-operation is indispensable in “the to-do list of things” like setting up smart cities or connecting villages with the digital world.

Asked to explain why US called India a “major defence partner,” the official said this was part of a “new phraseology” that the US has developed and it is likely that to suit the Make in India programme of the Modi government, there could be a system linked to a unique licensing regime.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. Y
    Yakobi
    Jun 11, 2016 at 6:36 am
    Learn a lesson from the past, think twice, before being on th end of a chain, contolled by the hindus criminals of the west.lt;br/gt;
    Reply
    1. Y
      Yakobi
      Jun 11, 2016 at 6:38 am
      Viewpoint: How British let one million Indians die in faminelt;br/gt;By Dinyar Patel
      Reply
      1. Y
        Yakobi
        Jun 11, 2016 at 6:36 am
        Reply
        1. M
          MyTake
          Jun 11, 2016 at 2:24 am
          India being a nation of unparalalled spiritual depth has the capacity to absorb everything a man or even God can do (In Mark Twain's word: India has everything man or God can create)!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Given that, if China or stan does not engage in pulling out ticks from up its sleeves every now and then, there will be a place for everyone under the sun.
          Reply
          1. M
            MyTake
            Jun 11, 2016 at 5:30 am
            Yakobis, Congies and Commies are out - what they s p i t in the name of debate that even land on their face! Only method of their survival is to pinch or steal or find a host to suck b l o o d !
            Reply
            1. M
              MyTake
              Jun 11, 2016 at 5:35 am
              [LESS than 72 hours after celebrating the Prime Minister’s address to the US Congress in which he called the US an “indispensable partner”, the Modi government is cautiously signalling that the warmth in Washington doesn’t necessarily mean a chill in Beijing.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You carry a small pot you carry little water. You carry big pot you carry more. Hindian losers misunderstood the meaning of 56" chest!
              Reply
              1. G
                Gruham Bendakaluru
                Jun 11, 2016 at 5:05 am
                China will not ignore India's growing influence in the global community, thanks to the untiring efforts of the present government. While it is important to develop India internally and resolve a host of issues related to unemployment, poverty, agricultural woes and price rise to name a few, it is equally important that India gets a respectable position on the world stage for the strengths it possesses.
                Reply
                1. P
                  PKR
                  Jun 11, 2016 at 10:11 am
                  india should understand Chinas guile. It has used stan to deny victory to US and Russia in AF. It has used stan to create trouble and blockages in India. It has used stan to create controlled terror in Xianjing ,to excuse themselves of wiping out potions. China can be countered by denying access to Gwadar and Af.
                  Reply
                  1. Load More Comments