In a recent article for the Washington Examiner, former US National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton commended India’s growing significance in US foreign relations, underscoring the necessity for strengthened bilateral cooperation and acknowledging New Delhi’s expanding global role.
Bolton highlighted the collaborative efforts between the United States and India to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a clear indication of India’s commitment to asserting influence globally. The BRI, a massive infrastructure project led by China, has raised concerns about Beijing’s potential economic and political dominance across Asia and beyond.
Bolton asserted that India is undeniably a key player in containing China’s hegemonic ambitions across the expansive Indo-Pacific region. Drawing attention to an ongoing case involving former Indian naval officers in Qatar, he emphasized India’s intricate relationship with the Middle East and its willingness to engage in intelligence collaboration beyond traditional allies.
Discussing the ramifications of Israel’s actions against Hamas and its Iranian supporters, Bolton highlighted both opportunities and risks for India in the complex Middle East region. He also pointed out strategic risks associated with a recent US loan of $553 million for a deep water container terminal project in Colombo, underscoring the significance of the Adani Group’s involvement in the project. Bolton’s analysis reflects the evolving dynamics of India’s global role and the strategic considerations in its diplomatic engagements.
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