The Hindustan Times believes that after the confrontation, India should further improve its policy toolkit toward China, calmly observe China’s actions and, at the same time, remain vigilant and take preemptive actions. According to reports, India should simultaneously strengthen its economic and military strength. This will be the confidence and key to all-round competition with China in the future. At the same time, the partnership with the United States, Japan, Australia and other countries should be consolidated. India needs to consider whether to conduct broader and more open cooperation with the aforementioned countries, especially the United States. In addition, the report also called on the Government to consider strengthening relations with neighboring countries in South Asia to hedge China’s strategic presence in the region.
At the same time, the United States announced on the 11th that it signed a defense cooperation framework with the Maldives. Although the US did not mention China in its statement on this matter, the Times of India specifically mentioned in its report of the 12th that the Trump Administration is seeking to expand its alliances in the Indo-Pacific region to cope with China’s rising Influence. The report did not forget its own country, saying that the United States has also been pushing India to play a broader role in this strategically significant region.