Putin’s Dream of Russia-India-China Triangle May Come TruePosted: June 30, 2019
The US has tried hard to restore the US-Japan-Australia-India quad to contain China and wanted India to be at the forefront against China. There have been border disputes between India and China for decades, which sometimes gave rise to tension between the two giant neighbors. But people have grown wiser to see that neighborhood may give rise to disputes over possession and supply of land and water but may also facilitate the two neighbors’ prosperity through trade and win-win cooperation. As the leaders of both countries Modi and Xi Jinping are wise, US has so far failed to attract India’s participation in its quad.
Russia’s Putin has a dream to form a Russia-India-China triangle to counter US world hegemony. He succeeded in attracting India into Russia- and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization but India’s participation aims at the benefits India may get from Russia and China instead enmity against the US.
In fact India believes that by maintaining good relations with both the Russia-China and US camps, it may benefit from both sides. That can be regarded as its equal-distance diplomacy, which had been successful until the mini-trade war against India launched by the Trump administration – including India’s loss of its special trade status and subject to US punishment for its purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems.
Now Asia Times says in its report “Russia-India-China share a room with a view” on their meeting on the sideline of G20 summit, “Leaders of these three countries met in virtual secrecy. The very few media representatives present in the shabby room were soon invited to leave. Presidents Putin, Xi and Modi were flanked by streamlined teams who barely found enough space to sit down. There were no leaks.”
It seems that the triangle Putin has been dreaming of is being established as the US is now pushing India to Russia and China’s arms.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Asia Times’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/06/article/russia-india-china-share-a-room-with-a-view/.