Will the Rise of India And China Spell Trouble for U.S.?

Will the Rise of India And China Spell Trouble for U.S.?

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 11:23 Hrs   |    9 Comments
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Bangalore: Will the rise of India and China spell double trouble for the U.S.? A newly published book called “Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior” by George Gilboy, the chief representative of an international energy firm in China and Eric Heginbotham, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, argues that the gentle view of India in Washington policy-making circles may be an illusion and rooted more in U.S. insecurity about China than a rigid assessment of India, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Further, the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to China has been a success. With a view to seal new initiatives to expand trade, connectivity and energy cooperation the PM’s visit has already received a positive response. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin told The Hindu “China is happy to see the development of friendly relations between India and Myanmar, and we hope such development of friendly relations will be conducive to the stability and prosperity of the whole region.”

When the PM met Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, she said “I am very happy at the prospect of closer ties with India because I think we have much to learn from each other and we have much to contribute to peace and stability in this region, because our goals — our democratic goals — work on the basis of peace and stability, and these are what we shall aim towards,” as reported by The Hindu.

She added “I hope that there will be greater exchanges between our two peoples. As I said to the Prime Minister, true friendship between the countries can be based only on friendship between our peoples, and this is what I hope we will be able to achieve.”

The authors of “Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior” have concluded that the rise of both China and India is not a good thing for the U.S.  In an interview WSJ’s Deborah Kan speaks to China Editor Andrew Browne that highlights the following issues. “Is U.S. foreign policy embracing India as a counter to China?” The authors are of the opinion that this would be a wakeup call to policy makers of Washington. 

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Reader's comments(9)
1: The rise of China and India is not going to be security threat for USA as the both shall never have a military co-operation ever and would always remain adversaries in one way or another, however, when they would be more economically advanced they would compete with USA in grabbing the natural resources of the world and that would be the point of confrontation. So far USA was Okay with India and China progressing as these became a good market for US companies and also good investment destinations.
Posted by:Krsna Khandelwal - 04 Jun, 2012
2: There is no logic to this topic unless the US had an ulterior motive in deliberately keeping the emerging economies of China and India. So called views by George Gilboy and Eric Heginbotham suggests that the US was and still is interested to Indian and Chinese economies down for their stupid reasons. The US has always been a self doubting Nation and one who is always outdo any other Country which was okay as far as space race was concerned as they wasted their money to prove that they were better off than former USSR and never served their National interest other than putting up spy satellite which again goes to prove their perverted or "peeking" attitude. With the emergence of India and China US will have to deal Countries at par or better than them economically. Matching the American infrastructure will take a long time for either India or China. US should stop worrying about development of other Countries as it is inevitable and concentrate on their own development else Countries like Tanzania, Uganda, etc. may overtake them.
Posted by:Jamini - 31 May, 2012
3: may be it is gradually coming a full circle, with the asian continent ruling the world with its intelligence being its core competence???
Posted by:Dr SA Deshpande - 30 May, 2012
4: US is a strong nation with many innovative ideas and does plenty of business with India and China. If US develops alternate source to India and China, I and C could be in trouble.
Posted by:Venugopal - 30 May, 2012
5: It may be too idealistic: can't there be cooperative co-existence of all nations of the world in place of belligerence and rivalry?
Posted by:Nalinaksha - 30 May, 2012
6: In the same way that the west likes to see freedom and democracy grow without interference... why don't the west let both India and China to grow be it militarily or technologically. No one tells the West what to do. So, the West shouldn't tell the World what to do and what not to!
Posted by:Toto - 30 May, 2012
7: Why should India be seen as a threat or an ally? It can be an independent, dynamic country with which the US does business, and has friendly relations. India is going to be a counterbalance to China in any case, by virtue of its sheer size.
Posted by:Varun Shekhar - 30 May, 2012
8: The 2 countries will definitely pose a threat!
Posted by:ram - 30 May, 2012
What is not good for the US will be good for the world
firstdiscipline Replied to: ram - 31 May, 2012