Regional connectivity has become the new currency of the world order
Two things have changed the regional dynamics in Asia post-September 11, 2001. Firstly, the threat of terrorism and the tools required to prevent
it have got US attention diverted to the Middle East. Secondly, regional connectivity has become the new currency of the world order, re-shaping the global geo-strategic environment.
Apropos, the prospects for India & Pakistan have also changed with various opportunities to change foreign policy paradigms. While Pakistan is topping charts of FATF, has been declared a terrorist haven by the U.S -its crucial ally in Afghanistan, and is struggling with own state-sponsored terrorism and civil-military divide internally, India seems to have
been successfully capitalizing with improved bilateral ties and is emerging as a regional player.
However, this has not gone unchecked.
Taking advantage of the relations between Pakistan and India which have remained strained ever since their inception, China visualized a proxy role of
Pakistan. It has been vigorously backing Pakistan against India by emboldening its military and economy. In fact, given its internal instability, fissiparous tendencies, and doddering economy, it would not be possible for Pakistan to wage its proxy war against
India in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country, but for China’s support.
Both these nuclear countries of South Asia have found
sufficient carte blanche to rival each other in different spheres of geopolitics. Being the immediate neighbor and an age-old rival of Pakistan, India is not aloof of the growing China-Pakistan friendship, the changing dynamics of geopolitics
and its repercussions in the region. Nonetheless, India’s strategy to counter their growing influence is creating ripples.