India Prefers Strategic Independence Than Reliance on the US

By siliconindia   |   Tuesday, 06 September 2022, 22:25 IST
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India Prefers Strategic Independence Than Reliance on the US

India is holding a whirlwind series of meetings with its Quad partners this week, including Quad senior officers meeting with the US, Australia and Japan, and 2+2 sessions with the US and Japan separately

India is hosting a flurry of talks with its Quad allies, including 2+2 discussions with the US and Japan separately and Quad senior officer meetings with the US, Australia, and Japan. This is New Delhi's newest effort to bolster support for Washington. India's cooperation with the US is premised on not damaging India's strategic independence.

India is moving toward becoming a developed country. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged recently, it will value its strategic independence more than blindly following the US. US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu is leading a US delegation to India to deepen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, during which Lu will be joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Camille Dawson for a Quad Senior Officials Meeting and Department of Defence Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner for a US-India 2+2 Intersessional Meeting and Maritime Security Dialogue, according to the US Department of State.

The Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will also travel to Tokyo later in the week for an India-Japan "2+2" ministerial conference. Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will visit the US for bilateral trade negotiations and the third ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Forum (IPEF) in Los Angeles. India's meetings with the Quad partners aimed to strike a "balance" before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference in mid-September.

This Quadrilateral summit is unlikely to produce any startling results because India is the only member of the Quad that has not joined the US in sanctioning Russia or attributing the crisis in Ukraine to it. The Quad summit would likely focus on strengthening energy and food security programmes.