However, post-9/11, the US, as compared to Pakistan, drew closer to India, through different defence agreements and pacts, to subvert China’s rising influence. Earlier, to erode CPEC’s influence and to damper Afghanistan’s dependence on Pakistan for its trade, India has invested in the Chabahar port in Iran. Previously, India had unilaterally made ineffective the South Asian Association of Regional Corporation (Saarc). That was when India had not figured in the US list of candidates for the trade war. It remains to be seen whether India has the wherewithal to become a regional power, leave alone global power, sans the US backing; and whether this new shift in the US-India relation will have an effect on India’s posturing — an archrival vying for power — towards China.
Source: The Express Tribune June 18, 2019 05:15 UTC