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It’s time for a formal US-India alliance

In February, US President Joe Biden declared, “diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy” and “we will restore our alliances and reconnect with the world.” Nine months into his presidency, the opposite has happened — and the United States’ opponents are taking advantage of the situation.

Remember our allies: We witnessed ministers in the British Parliament publicly rebuke Biden in the wake of our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. France recalled its ambassador in an extraordinary way. We have isolated our Eastern European allies by capitulation to Germany over the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Meanwhile, our adversaries are getting bolder, especially after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. An axis of terror is forming from Hamas to Iran and the Taliban. Pakistan has stepped up its engagement with Iran. China has ramped up its raids on Taiwan’s air identification zone to record levels. Russia is increasing its influence in Belarus and further threatening Ukraine.

In February, US President Joe Biden declared, “diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy” and “we will restore our alliances and reconnect with the world.” Nine months into his presidency, the opposite has happened — and the United States’ opponents are taking advantage of the situation.

Remember our allies: We witnessed ministers in the British Parliament publicly rebuke Biden in the wake of our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. France recalled its ambassador in an extraordinary way. We have isolated our Eastern European allies by capitulation to Germany over the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Meanwhile, our adversaries are getting bolder, especially after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. An axis of terror is forming from Hamas to Iran and the Taliban. Pakistan has stepped up its engagement with Iran. China has ramped up its raids on Taiwan’s air identification zone to record levels. Russia is increasing its influence in Belarus and further threatening Ukraine.

Is this really the best “diplomacy” and “engagement” the United States can muster? Of course not. Rather than insulting our friends and ignoring our enemies, the United States should prioritize relationships that strengthen our position in the world.

The place to start is India. It’s time to form an alliance.

As a nuclear power with more than 1 million troops, a growing navy, a top-class space program and a proven history of economic and military cooperation with the United States, India would be a strong ally. An alliance with India would allow both countries to maintain and expand their global strength. And along with Japan and Australia, it would enable the United States to act as a real deterrent to counter potential terrorist threats in Afghanistan and China.

When the Biden administration unconditionally withdrew our military from Afghanistan, the United States transferred enormous power to our adversaries in Central Asia. Many Americans will find relief in the idea that the United States has ended its longest war, but the war on terror has not left us. The terrorists who launched attacks on us 20 years ago are determined to hit us again.

Prior to our withdrawal, the Biden administration failed to negotiate basic agreements with countries bordering Afghanistan to the north. Logistically, we need these bases to conduct counter-terrorism missions. The government also left Bagram Airfield, the only US base in a country bordering China, which is mounting tensions with the rest of the world.

The Biden administration claims that the United States retains “over-the-horizon” capabilities to target terrorists. This is incorrect. For example, if a US military drone were to launch from a base in the Persian Gulf, it would consume a lot of its fuel when it just arrived in Afghanistan, severely limiting our ability to identify targets and attack. Without US bases in the region, China, Iran, Russia and even Pakistan will influence the future of these terrorist groups, with no reason to help the United States.

We now have only one partner who can keep a close eye on Afghanistan. It is the same partner that can follow China’s southern flank: India.

India operates Farkhor Air Base in Tajikistan, the only air base nearby to carry out counter-terrorism attacks in Afghanistan. With an alliance, India could give us access to strategic bases to protect US interests in Afghanistan and the wider region.

A US-India alliance would also give us an edge over China. Like the United States, India recognizes that China is a rapidly growing threat. Not only is China trying to take advantage of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, which goes against the interests of both the United States and India, but China is also pressuring India on its own borders.

Last year, Chinese and Indian forces clashed in the disputed Himalayan border region of Ladakh, killing 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers, according to the Chinese government. India has since diverted 50,000 troops to the border with China, for a total of 200,000 Indian troops now stationed there. Tensions have only grown since then. In recent days, China has also bolstered its military presence along the Himalayan border with 100 advanced long-range missile launchers.

A US-India alliance would give China a break before expanding further into Central and South Asia. And we would build on solid ground. Just this month, the US military held joint exercises with hundreds of Indian soldiers in Alaska to strengthen cooperation and better prepare for cold, mountainous conditions like those in the China-India border region.

An alliance would also recognize the region’s changing geopolitical realities. China’s new aggressive stance on India is no accident. It is part of a broader plan. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been emboldened after the support of India’s old enemy, Pakistan.

Following the same roadmap it has used in developing countries around the world, the Chinese Communist Party has created dependency through its Belt and Road initiative. In exchange for bolstering Pakistan’s faltering electrical grid, sending thousands of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and providing financial aid to alleviate Pakistan’s growing public debt, China now has a regional customer state willing to support it. implement the CCP ‘s bid and help strengthen its international reputation .

The investment has paid off in Beijing. Earlier this year, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan — the leader of a nation with the world’s second-largest Muslim population — refused to condemn China’s ongoing genocide of Muslim Uyghurs. Now China hopes it can rely on Pakistan to prevent Islamist terrorism from flowing across the Afghan border into western China, where the CCP fears terrorists will find recruits in the predominantly Muslim Uyghur province of Xinjiang.

The growing collusion between China and Pakistan poses serious security risks for both India and the United States. For India, an American alliance would be a bulwark against a two-front conflict on its borders. For the United States, an alliance would help mitigate the influence of Pakistan — a state sponsor of terrorism now backed by Chinese investment — in Afghanistan. We need a new partner to prevent the emergence of a terrorist superstate that could attack our country again.

In addition to the security relationship, the United States and India also share economic concerns, including the need for a stable supply chain. India’s massive workforce provides the United States with an opportunity to change its reliance on China’s supply chain. We can rely on India as a major source of pharmaceuticals, technology and essential minerals to complement our own domestic manufacturing capabilities. We must also continue to work towards a more comprehensive trade agreement between the US and India.

Then there is the cyber war. As the United States felt the pain of the colonial pipeline’s cyber-attack by Russia-affiliated cybercriminals earlier this year, which disrupted Americans’ gasoline supplies, a suspected Chinese state-sponsored group attacked India, killing 20 million Mumbai residents. autumn lost the power. An alliance would enable us to prevent and respond to cyber threats by leveraging best practices, technologies and expertise.

The benefits of a US-India alliance are many. It is also true that we share many values. By uniting the world’s strongest and largest democracies in a formal alliance, we can better defend freedom in an increasingly tyrannical world.

Entering into an alliance is the natural result of the recent momentum. The United States and India grew closer during the Trump administration; a notable achievement was the signing of the 2018 Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement. That deal granted India more advanced communications technology for US-purchased defense equipment to help improve coordination during conflict. In October 2020, the Trump administration and the Indian government signed a new geospatial cooperation agreement that boosted the Indian military’s weapon systems with advanced navigation aids.

Allies do this sort of thing, but our current diplomatic status with India has been described as a ‘strategic partnership’. An upgrade is urgently needed. Just as our alliances with NATO, Japan and South Korea changed US security in the 20th century, an alliance with India would help protect us in the 21st century. It’s time to make that happen.