June 05, 2024

Where are India’s ties with the US and China headed in a third Narendra Modi term?

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalist: Khushboo Razdan

Lisa Curtis of the Centre for a New American Security said American officials would continue to view India as a “critically important strategic partner” as the “fundamentals driving closer US-India ties remain unchanged”.

The surprise election results “demonstrate the strength of the Indian democratic system and drive home the fact that shared democratic values underpin the close ties between the United States and India”, she added.


Curtis, who served as the senior director for South and Central Asia at the US National Security Council from 2017 to 2021, believed Beijing was uninterested in settling the border issue because the “lingering dispute gives China an opportunity to needle India and apply pressure on its neighbour”.

India’s “steadily rising economy and global influence is viewed as threatening to China’s interest in dominating the region”, she said.

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  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...