Obama’s Warming to China Is Seen as Slight in India

With President Obama having completed his first visit to China, and getting ready to host the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington, the India-China-U.S. triangle is getting more complicated. From the New York Times:

The statement, on its surface, seemed like any other bland missive released at the end of a polite visit by a head of state. It was put out by the united States and China after President Obama’s visit there, and said that the two countries would “work together to promote peace, stability and development” in South Asia.

But on the eve of the visit to Washington by the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, where on Tuesday he will be the guest of honor at President Obama’s first state dinner, the words rank as one of several perceived slights that have dampened hopes for a new chapter in the sometimes rocky relationship between the United States and India.

[…] Beyond the surface issues, however, lies a deeper tension, in which India sees a warmer relationship between Washington and Beijing under the Obama administration as a threat to its rise as a global power, and worries that India is being relegated to a regional role on par with its troubled neighbors, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

See also “India feels the chill as US warms to China” from the Financial Times.

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