For records in all its mirth, in same press brief Trump calling Xi Jinping a great capable friend, doesn’t mean they are clinking beer
mugs in Florida. That’s the language of diplomacy at international forum, for novices to understand.
Nonetheless, in a hard-hitting
statement for expenditure of both Pakistan and China, President Trump and PM Modi denounced any use of terrorist proxies and strongly condemned cross border terrorism in all its forms. They unilaterally gave a dressing down of sorts, to Pakistan
to ensure that no territory under its control is used to launch terrorist attacks and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks, including 26/11Mumbai and Pathankot. They called for concerted action against all terrorist groups, including
Al-Qa’ida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, TTP, D-Company, and all their affiliates.
They grimly meant Pakistan without mentioning Pakistan.
Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership
This is where the
Eagle meets the Bear, at the Lion’s Lair. All along the history of diplomacy, in the last seventy years of India’s being, India refused to polarizingly side with either US or Russia. Since 2014, India has successfully put to effect, the implementation
of non-alignment to a burgeoning dimension.
Interestingly and significantly, addressing a global conference in the Indian capital to
discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Asia-Pacific cooperation until now was centred on Southeast Asia.
The Indo-Pacific concept being pushed by the United States, Japan and others was to reconfigure the existing structure, he said. This realistic fear is now alleviated with the manner its long-trusted friend India
It is also a matter of astute diplomacy, saturated with unprecedented trust and an extraordinary trilateral iron
friendship, that all this while of the Trump state visit, Deputy chairman of the council of ministers of the Republic of Crimea Georgy Muradov and Minister of finance Irina Kiviko were on a visit. India has kept a balanced position on Crimea, which was helpful
for Russia and also acknowledged by Putin. It is in the same breath that India understands though may not agree to the manners of it, the sovereign actions of Iran.
Both these are thorns in the flesh of the US and Trump, however, both Russia and Iran continue through with the generations-old trust, while India cements the long calling however now emerging deep inherent geo-strategic alliance
in the Indo Pacific.
At present, while US openly disinclines against India’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems
and other ongoing defence cooperation, so does Russia snobs at the Trump’s Indo Pacific strategy where India is the fulcrum. This deft positioning of itself in this manner, at the epicentre of Asia and Pacific, is unique and historically a diplomatic
novel, by India, and path-breaking in the geopolitical sense. This was the only way India can balance and counter China, and the beginnings have set in.
Abrogation of Article 370, CAA and Religious Freedom
While it is an internal matter of sovereign India, however,
India has never shied away from having an open discussion on it, in a matter of principle and intent. Trump’s answer “ in India they have, they have worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom” not only expresses his conviction
on the matter, but also stresses the fact that, incredibly diverse India is fully capable of handling its minorities and aspects of religious freedom, as it has been doing since last seventy years of freedom, and centuries beyond that.
It was nothing short of rubbishing the hype that has been incorrectly associated with the same.
Hence Mr Trump reposted faith in PM Modi’s governance and leadership and reiterated that both Kashmir and CAA are valid, legal and India’s sovereign internal matter. Also, he insisted that
Indian government is fully capable of handling all internal issues.
Trade Deficit and Trade Deal
Trump was unequivocal about what he expects from India as a trading partner. While he expressed certainty in trade deals in future, just like he has been on many other
issues, there was transparency in how he will do business with India.
“I would say if the deal happens with India, it will be
toward the end of the year. And if it doesn’t happen, we’ll do something else that will be very satisfactory. It’ll be very good.” These lines do not beat about the bush and underlines the avoidable the pits, which he says
will still be good for India.
Travel Ban in US and CAA law in India
Anti Muslim tone?
Trump, for the first time since the highest court of Law
in US cleared the travel ban decision by US government, from certain countries, took allegations head-on. He termed the attempt to link it to Muslims, including attempts to link CAA to Muslims, as a deliberate false.
He lauded the facet of religious independence in India, quoting a very strong answer from PM Modi. As well, he also said that Indian government is working very closely with the Muslim
community, and it’s a learning for him too.
He unilaterally rejected the Anti Muslim tone, given to any law that is intending
to ensure safety and integrity of a nation as well as discharging its moral responsibilities.
While the official press release “The United States and India are committed to an open, reliable, and secure Internet that facilitates trade and communication.
The United States and India recognize the need for an innovative digital ecosystem that is secure and reliable and that facilitates the flow of information and data. The leaders intend to foster cooperation among their industry and academia for open, secure,
and resilient supply of strategic materials and critical infrastructure, and to independently evaluate the risk associated with deployment of emerging technologies.” lays out the broad spectrum cooperating including defence, it was the press conference
which unexpectedly summarises the essence of the visit, just before Elections US 2020.
This is the time, when irrespective of differing
economic trade push and pulls, the two gigantic democracies have decided to draw to each other, and recommit themselves to the concept of Indo Pacific. This is in consonance with our common democratic values, a long term vision of economic openness, and growing
confidence in each other’s reliability.
This shall also be the defining point in history, that a platform is created to get US
and Russia together to a neutral platform of co-existence, as the trust shall exist through a common bond, India.
It announces the
re-emergence of Indo Pacific after trump’s withdrawal from Asia Pacific for most of last five years. Very soon we shall see another trade axis coming up in the Indo Pacific, which shall obviate the draconian and Chinese centric RCEP.
Endless possibilities have begun in the Indian Ocean, with India in the driving seat, beacon is bright and evident.
27 Feb 20/Thursday
Written By: Fayaz