Professor Miller outlines some of the pressing matters shaping U.S. and India’s strategic calculations, including the war in Ukraine, India-Russian relations, China, trade and technology relationship, as well as the state of Indian democracy.
“A frangible bilateral partnership is neither an effective deterrent to revisionist countries nor conducive to shoring up the rules-based order — facts which both countries would do well to remember.”
“In India, as in the United States, the midterms were seen as a referendum on democracy. But while President Biden said the ensuing results were a win for democratic values, Indian analysts interpreted the results as mixed.”
Despite its influence in the Indo-Pacific, ASEAN is often overlooked in terms of its cooperation with Quad countries and in terms of its role in the region. Professor Miller argues for greater collaboration with the member countries in the face of increased Chinese encroachment.
The rhetoric in China today openly and consistently refers to Pakistan as a good friend and supportive partner. This has not always been the case. What changed? Professor Miller explains.
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“The evidence that [Shinzo Abe] personally played a role in strengthening the Japan-India relationship is strong. He was indeed, as Prime Minister Modi wrote, ‘a champion of India-Japan friendship.'”
“India is also a very touchy power as the U.S. has realized in its long dealings with the country: Penalizing India would be a very serious setback to the bilateral partnership, and even the Quad.”
“Recipient countries matter tremendously and have agency because their geopolitical concerns and domestic interests can intersect to affect how well or poorly BRI functions in their country.”
“Some have argued that while the war will have an impact on Russia, its neighbors, and the rest of Europe, it will have little consequence for Asia or the global order. This is wishful thinking at best, and shortsightedness at worst.”
“If the U.S. seeks to uphold its relationship with India as a model of Indo-Pacific partnership, it needs to understand not just India’s constraints toward Russia, but also its concerns toward China, which are rooted in India and China’s complex history.”
“Smaller Asian countries don’t want is to have two blocs: the U.S. and Western countries as well as Japan and Korea in one bloc; and Russia, and perhaps even China, in one bloc, which would then really have echoes of the Cold War.”
“New Delhi is uniquely positioned not just to shore up its own geopolitical position but also to prevent a deeply destabilizing and extremely violent conflict. India’s alternative, trying to avoid the crisis in order to maintain ‘strategic autonomy,’ won’t wash.”
Whether 2022 proves to be just a “going on” for India will be determined by its ability to balance its interconnected and complicated relationships with China, Russia, the U.S., Pakistan and others.
Why should India even try to emulate China’s pace of growth in Latin America or even at least open more embassies and conduct high-level visits? Professor Miller explains.
“Through the Quad, India can have more impact in shaping the global order and restraining China. At the same time, the Quad keeps the door open for India for close defense cooperation without resorting to a security alliance.”
“If U.S. President Joe Biden wants the United States to lead the liberal international order again and stymie China’s rise, he would do well to remember that international order is not a monolithic entity but comprises different groupings of power that jockey for influence.”
“As far as New Delhi is concerned, the India-US partnership, in which it has invested over the past two decades, is still a sound bet that addresses its geopolitical concerns.”
“The insecurity the CCP continually struggles with was revealed in spades in Xi’s speech…The reason it was imperative for Xi to hammer home that the CCP had transformed China…was because there is no socialist ideological glue that holds China together today.”
A panel of scholars discuss why some rising powers become great powers while others do not, factors driving the rise of these states, and other concepts explored in Professor Miller’s latest book.