This announcement by Admiral Mike Gilde, operational head of the US Navy, gives us a different message. We have to be aware of this. However, China is our treacherous neighbor. Which can never be trusted. We are always aware of it.
America is bent on praising India these days. preoccupied with attraction. India’s leadership needs to be aware of its behaviour. You need to go step by step. It is also important that India does not fall into any of its traps. India has acquired S-400 missile defense system from Russia. As soon as the deal was due in 2018, the US began protesting. Started warning of sanctions on India. They did not want India to buy from Russia. He wanted to sell his system. India bought this system ignoring their warnings and threats. Now his tone has changed. He is now saying that it was necessary for India. Its purchase was necessary for India in view of the dispute with China.
During the Russia-Ukraine war, India felt that it would have a petroleum problem. The Gulf countries were already showing some maps. They also increased the price of oil. In such a situation, India’s old and true friend Russia offered to provide cheap oil. India accepted it. Increase oil purchases from Russia. NATO countries including America opposed it. The US and its allies have already imposed economic sanctions on Russia. India ignored this warning and prohibition and showed them a mirror. To be honest, many of your countries are taking oil and gas from Russia. Seeing that India was not in danger, he kept silent. America had to accept that Russia is an old friend of India. India is heavily dependent on Russia for arms supply, so imposing sanctions on it is not justified. In a major decision in favor of India, the US House of Representatives has approved the proposal to amend the National Defense Authorization Act. The resolution recommended exempting India from the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. However, the bill is yet to become law.
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In fact America initially wanted to threaten India. When India was not threatened, now it has started luring India. America wants India to support them indirectly in China-Taiwan dispute. Former Pentagon official Elbridge Colby has also said in Asia that India will not directly help Taiwan if a war-like situation develops between China and Taiwan, but it can be assumed that India may also reopen the Ladakh front against China. Amid ongoing tensions with China, America has praised India. Admiral Mike Gilde, US Navy’s operational head, said India could play an important role in countering China in the future. He also said that India will prove to be an important partner for the US during China tensions. Mike Gilde said this at the Heritage Foundation’s in-person seminar in Washington. Mike said that if he has spent more time in any other country, it is India. Because India will prove to be a strategic partner for America in the future. Mike Gilde visited India in October 2021 for a five-day visit, during which he met several important figures in the defense sector, including the Chief of the Indian Navy.
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This announcement by Admiral Mike Gilde, operational head of the US Navy, gives us a different message. We have to be aware of this. However, China is our treacherous neighbor. Which can never be trusted. We are always aware of it. India has been on full alert since the Chinese army massed on the Ladakh border two years ago. His army is fully prepared for battle, but there has been no incident in the two years since the minor encounter at Galwan Ghat. While the encounter is going on at the Pakistan border. The understanding of the armies of the two countries is that despite the face-off, there has been peace on the border for two years. The way America wants India to open a front with China in Ladakh on the Taiwan dispute, we have to avoid it. India means that our decisions should be in the interest of the country and not at the suggestion of any other country. America means we can never be a strong friend. One thing and war is not the solution to any problem. War should be the last option, not the first. Efforts should be made to avoid war as far as possible.
(The writer is a senior journalist)