Tillerson Visit to India: Need for a Clear Headed Approach by New Delhi

Notwithstanding the grandstanding of a seminal speech in the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century.” by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the euphoria following the trip on 25 October, India needs to evolve a clear headed approach based on core national interests rather than going by the hype. India US relations are no doubt one of the seminal partnerships of the 21st Century which have the bandwidth as well as depth to sustain engagement over a number of tracks simultaneously in the long term. There is bi partisan support for growth of India US relations in New Delhi as well as in Washington. ------------At the same time this will have to be fine tuned to ensure that competition with China does not turn into open hostility. The scenario of China as an enemy state does not bode well for India and needs to be avoided.

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