India-US Partnership To Upstand Despite the Rising Difficulties for the Biden Presidency

By siliconindia   |   Tuesday, 08 November 2022, 23:59 IST
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India-US Partnership To Upstand Despite the Rising Difficulties for the Biden Presidency

Despite the unfavorable poll results for the Biden administration, with regards to the US midterm elections, the Indian-US diplomatic partnership will sail majestically all around to conquer fuming innovations in both arenas.                                    

With the US midterm elections all set to be held on Tuesday, where a contest for 435 seats of representatives and one-third of the 100 seats in the Senate is about to take place, the least majority for republicans is likely projected into the positions. This is highly bound to plant legislative support in the remaining years of the Biden administration per the ongoing dense polarization in US politics.

Moreover, hearings and calls for investigations into varied decisions of the administration and the personal conduct of the President and his son Hunter are anticipated to be conducted by a Republican majority House. The inquest deliberately lays on the grounds of impeachment, presumably for its pro forma value.

Meanwhile, an accelerated transformation is critically expected concerning foreign policy and issues that impact India on a direct note. Ever since its initiation post the Clinton visit in 2000, a broad bipartisan consensus in consolidating the US-India relationship is witnessed and often sustained in an upward trajectory accordingly; irrespective of the recurrent political and trade-related differences through the Republican (Bush, Trump) and Democratic (Obama, Biden) presidencies.

To recommend an India-specific waiver for its defense purchases from Russia, the US House of Representatives has adopted an amendment highly sanctionable under the US Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Moreover, the two nations have tackled the rising controversies between the worldly nations, and thus, India retains a distinct synergy with both US and Russia, often abstaining from the resolutions at the UN initiated by either nation critically.

The Secretary of State of the US and the National Security Adviser replicate that the US is commendably initiating a play of a long game with India with a deep understanding of the nation’s compulsions. Hence, it articulates the significance of the bond between the two democratic nations with that of the conflicting nations. Similarly, uncertainties in the reliability factor in US-India relations are rising among the US policy community in due course to surging great power competition. Meanwhile, the business community, especially in the high-tech sectors, is primarily accessing India’s reliability as a geostrategic partner concerning the re-ordered supply chains. Yet, the poll outcome holds the least influence on these evaluated positive measures or queries.

The most primary and prioritized US strategy in the Indo-Pacific encompasses the Quad grouping- unifying the US, India, Japan, and Australian nations. Revived in the Trump presidency, President Biden has laid impactable foundations for it through a series of summit-level meetings over the past two annuals. In addition to the notable contributions in critically emerging technologies, infrastructure, and connectivity, Quad’s members are enhancing interoperability via increased participation in the rising complex Malabar series of naval exercises. As a result, India will remain monumentally significant and thus will hold its value as an essential partner by the US side. Further, NSS documents remark that with India as the largest democracy globally and a major defense partner, a symbiosis between both nations in bilateral and multilateral terms will instigate surging support of the shared vision- a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Similarly, the existing geopolitical flux has encircled the cruciality of deepening the economic and technology partnership and the recognition in the US accordingly. Hence, the Trade Policy Forum and India-US Ministerial level Commercial Dialogue is anticipated to gather in the upcoming year following the first meeting in the Biden presidency of the bilateral CEO Forum.

Meanwhile, the Biden- Modi meeting in Tokyo, regarding the margins of a Quad summit, has likely stimulated an establishment of a new mechanism between the National Security councils of the arenas. The statement, critically issued in May 2022, aims to advance the cooperation between the nations in significant innovation technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), cyber, biotech, semiconductors, etc., for a progressive society ahead in both the democratic zones.

With India leveraging the inherent opportunities spread across the global supply chains, the US businesses are enforcing their priorities in the former nation. American enterprises are highly confined towards increased support in India, which is critical in addressing the rising issues in various domains such as trade facilitation, infrastructure, regulatory environment, financial, data flows, and security.

Alongside this, India’s lead role in the G20 process as a chair head facilitates several opportunities to critically showcase its diverse global vision. Meanwhile, the measure will also undertake the Indian strengths in certain technologies and, thus, create opportunities relatively in favoring an enriched business engagement between the US-India into account. Thus, irrespective of the poll contest results and surging evolutions in both nations, a synergy with the diplomacy between the nations is likely to root more sense and deeper in the future.