Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : 3
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“There is a pressing and crucial need for Indian leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. is preparing for have unprecedented cooperation with India in the international waters”, said Richard Varma, U.S. Ambassador to India, to a group of Indian journalists on Monday. According to a AP report, the U.S. wants India to play a leading role in the Asia Pacific region.

The report also revealed that Richard Varma said, “I hope in a not too distant future,  Indian and American aircraft carriers operating side-by-side in the in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific region will be a common sight. Ambassador Varma also revealed that later this April U.S. Defence Secretary Carter will make an unprecedented third visit to India in a year.

Varma said, America’s providing the very first Apache attack helicopter and M777 howitzers to India is “akin to Washington’s defence relationships with its closest NATO’s close allies”. But it was also pointed out that India-U.S. cooperation is not directed against China.

On whether the U.S.’s approach to India has good  intentions, The China institute of international studies  South Asia expert, Lan jianxue, outlined in an interview with this journalist that this is the U.S.’s method of placing its grip on the South China Sea issue and exerting pressure on China.  Earlier, the U.S. National Defence Spokesperson stated, “we want to hold hands with India in the South China Sea”;— this is to retrain China and compel it to give up its sovereignty in the South China Sea. This is is not just the view of the American military but also other American high-ranked officials for whom it is a  “mission to spread its propaganda and make an uproar” on a global scale.

Lan jianxue said that America is exploiting India’s superpower aspirations and competition between India and China and by seizing the opportunity to place negative views to serve U.S. interests. Yes, India does possess its own aspirations to play an important role in the Asia-Pacific. Previously, at a conference with India’s Defence Minister, Carter said India’s “Act East” policy and America’s “Asia-Pacific Pivot” strategy share a lot of common approaches. But India’s national strength has limits; plus there are domestic problems that need resolving. India is aware of this and therefore is relatively prudent and cautious of being “trapped in America war tank”. It certainly will not be beneficial for India to try and have it both ways. Previously, India’s MEA refused America’s proposal to have a joint drill in the the South China Sea. As a result, this is America’s idea of trying to find another way in.

For the sake of comparison, China is a big country but has never said it is going to become the leader in the Asia-Pacific. Instead it has always stressed win-win cooperation. Lan jianxue said the U.S. is trying to create a wedge between India and China to further American interests.

 

Original Text

美想扶持印度在亚太发挥领导作用

“印度的领导力是亚太地区不可或缺和迫切需要的,美国准备与印度在公海上进行前所未有的合作,”美联社22日报道称,美国驻印度大使理查德·维尔玛周一这样告诉一群印度记者,显露出美国想要印度在亚太地区发挥领导作用。

报道援引维尔玛的话说,“我希望在不远的将来,印度洋-太平洋水域能够看到美印海军舰艇携手并进的场面”。他同时透露,美国国防部长卡特将于4月访问印度,这将是卡特“史无前例地”在不到一年时间内第三次到访印度。

维尔玛说,美国将向印度提供最先进的阿帕奇直升机和M777榴弹炮,“类似于我们与北约亲密盟友的防务合作关系”。但他补充称,美印合作不针对中国。

针对美国对印度的这番“ 中国国际问题研究所南亚问题专家蓝建学24日在接受《环球时报》记者采访时说,这是美国把南海问题作为抓手,向中国施压的一个手段。此前就有美国国防官员声称“要与印度联手巡航南海”,牵制中国,迫使中国在南海主权问题上让步。这不仅是美国军方,也是美国高层“带有宣传鼓噪的使命”,且想在全球范围内造势。

蓝建学分析说,美国此举利用的是印度有大国情结,中印之间又有竞争的现实,借机在中印之间挑起矛盾,从而服务于美国的利益。印度本身就有这个愿望,想在亚太扮演重要角色,发挥重要作用。卡特此前与印度防长会晤时曾说,印度的“向东行动”政策与美国的“亚太再平衡”战略有许多共同之处。但印度的国力有限,国内问题也没有解决好管控好。印度知道自己的分量,所以还是比较谨慎,担心“绑在美国战车上”并不利于印度左右逢源。此前,印度外交部官员公开拒绝了美国的南海联合巡航提议。因此这也是美国一厢情愿的想法。

与之相比,中国作为一个大国,从未说过要成为亚太的领导者,而是强调合作共赢。蓝建学说,美国挑唆中印之间的矛盾,就是为了美国的一己私利。

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