The 2+2 dialogue between India and the United States was held only a week earlier than the presidential elections within the US and this conveys so much about the place bilateral ties between each the international locations are heading. According to a Europe-based think tank, there’s bipartisan recognition within the US of the necessity to counter Chinese belligerence and the 2+2 dialogue displays the arrogance that India and US have within the robustness of their relationship.
European Foundation For South Asian Studies (EFSAS), in a commentary, stated the timing of third India-US 2+2 talks convey so much about the place the connection between the 2 international locations stands in the mean time and the trajectory during which it’s heading.
“There is little doubt that over the last two decades India-US ties have improved steadily, but the fact that the 2+2 dialogue was held just a week before the 3 November elections in the US in which there is little certainty over which of the two candidates would emerge victorious reflects the confidence that both sides have in the robustness of the core of the relationship,” EFSAS stated.
The report stated that “it is also a fact that bipartisan recognition in the US of the need to counter Chinese belligerence, and India physically experiencing over the last six months the brunt of Chinese expansionism, have played an important part in the meeting being held at this juncture. Without the commonality and the immediacy of the Chinese threat, the US would in all likelihood have deferred the meeting to after the elections.”
It additionally stated that the in-person assembly between the 2 international locations “amid pandemic is illustrative of the importance that both sides attach to the furtherance of their bilateral relationship.”
According to the report, the Chinese response to the 2+2 dialogue revealed its acute discomfort over the nearer alignment being cast between India and the US. Soon after the assembly, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin throughout a press briefing requested the US to “stop hyping up the so-called ‘China threat’, and stop the misguided efforts to sow discord between regional countries”.
The spokesperson added that “the Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by the US is preaching outdated Cold War mentality and…confrontation and geopolitical game”.
The Chinese retort comes on account of 5 key agreements signed in the course of the 2+2 India-US ministerial-level dialogue together with Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), which is able to permit India real-time entry to precision knowledge and topographical pictures from the United States army satellites.
During the dialogue, the ministers of the 2 international locations reaffirmed their dedication to deepening bilateral defence session and collaboration and to exploring alternatives to increase cooperative capacity-building efforts with companions throughout the area.
According to the EFSAS, the signing of the BECA has paved the way in which for India to amass armed drones like Reapers or Predators from the US for long-range precision strikes in opposition to hostile targets on land and sea.
“The agreement on cooperation in counter-terrorism was also significant for India in the context of Pakistan’s sponsorship of cross-border terrorism directed against it,” the report stated.
The joint assertion issued after the 2+2 dialogue underlined that each side had referred to cross-border terrorism and had requested Pakistan to take “immediate, sustained and irreversible action” on terrorists and terror entities working from its soil.
It acknowledged, “The ministers called on Pakistan to take an immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks, and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of all such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot”.
The two sides additionally agreed to proceed data exchanges about sanctions in opposition to terror teams and people, in addition to efforts to counter the financing and operations of terrorist organizations, radicalism, use of the web by terrorists, and cross-border motion of terrorists.
(With inputs from ANI)