Agenda for the American-Indian AllianceAgenda for the AmerInd Alliance
President Bush and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will continue their meeting today, after beginning important summit talks yesterday. Although the American media were more interested in hectoring the President over a domestic political issue than in exploring the talks during yesterday’s joint press conference, they have a lot to talk about. The emerging AmerInd Alliance is of great importance to both of them. The two nations are rapidly deepening their security, economic, political, and human ties, to great mutual benefit. India is a necessary democratic ally in Asia, an invaluable asset in addressing China, which sees itself as righting historic slights and once again dominating that part of the world. The two largest democracies in the world are natural allies.
'Bush most India-friendly US President'
Washington's decision to reopen access for India to civil nuclear technology is another example of the Bush administration's engagement of the South Asian nation as a counterweight to China, Indian analysts said on Tuesday. "People have it in their minds that in Asia it should not be a wholly China-dominated scene," former Indian foreign secretary Salman Haider told AFP. "Japan has become more assertive and we are seen as a potential counter balance. Whether it should take the form of rivalry with China, that's a separate question. I think the United States would like to bring us into play (vis-a-vis China)."