1. Dear PM Modi, here’s why Donald Trump is not India’s ‘true friend’

Dear PM Modi, here’s why Donald Trump is not India’s ‘true friend’

US President Donald Trump just called up PM Narendra Modi and said that India is his 'true friend'. But should India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, depend on a highly improbable 'friend'?

By: | Published: January 25, 2017 6:25 PM
donald trump, Narendra Modi, True friend, Trump modi, trump modi true friends, US India, Pacific trade, pacific pact, trump foreign policy, india foreign policy, PM Modi US, EU US, India US, us china, india china, world news America has the habit of making the world see itself through its own lens, irrespective of who is at the helm of things. While, earlier, for most of history it was as easy as falling off a log, Donald Trump will not be predictable. (Source: Reuters)

US President Donald Trump just called up PM Narendra Modi and said that India is his ‘true friend’. But should India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, depend on a highly improbable ‘friend’? Narendra Modi was the fifth head of state whom Trump called after his inauguration to the post of possibly the most powerful chair in the world. America has the habit of making the world see itself through its own lens, irrespective of who is at the helm of things. While, earlier, for most of history it was as easy as falling off a log, Donald Trump will not be predictable. When it comes to foreign policies, Trump is ambiguous to the core. From nuclear strategies to trade navigation routes, it is yet unclear what America will give up and what it will take in, in the new world order in Asia. With the way Trump has been vocal against some countries and trade deals with them, it all seems like a bargain. However, in an interesting turn of event, now Trump has quit the Pacific trade pact among 12 nations.

The Trade pact between 12 Pacific Rim nations was one of the biggest achievements of Obama government, which Trump wiped off in a jiffy. The trade pact was among US-Mexico, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Canada, New Zealand, Peru and Chile. This pact had the potential of creating an EU style trade partnerships between countries which constitute almost half of world trade. Interestingly, this is good for India. Along with China, India is away from the trade pact. This essentially means there is now, little danger of the decrease in demand for Indian products in usual markets like Europe and US. Meanwhile, this decision has affected other Asian countries, like Vietnam, which could have got duty free treatment, which ironically would have been tough for India had the pact would have run its course. This means, now India should look inwards, to find friends in the Asian market, which will be good for the continent as a whole.

Meanwhile, Trump is in confrontation terms with China in more ways than one, including in politics and economy. This means that the US would pressurise China in a lot of ways and that will make many Asian countries happy, especially since the world and Asia, in particular, is moving in a multi-polar economy. Additionally, looking at other campaign highlights, it seems Trump will not be too interested in Asia, as the US will now be more aimed towards bilateral issues. This means, now, more than ever, there is a need for Asian countries to move closer and work with co-operative politics to maintain freedom and prosperity.

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Asian countries, however vast, have common interests in the trade as the growth and stability depends on mutual cooperation. With Trump’s attack against Mexico and the likes, it seems Asian countries, in order to maintain their sovereignty and keep trade relations free of it, should look for common ties in connectivity and infrastructure. Interestingly, China, despite its trade routes, is still as closed as ever, which gives India a huge change to capture the market but it needs to shoulder more responsibility in order to succeed. For this to happen, even Japan has to begin asserting its authority, especially in infra trades. It can even try to make the Pacific pact work without the US. For India to make an entry into it, it needs to work towards it with more determination. India needs to provide enough assertion, in order to influence sea routes which China considers its own. For this to happen, it needs to work towards implementing a more inclusive and transparent strategy among the other stakeholders. There is a dire need to build more diplomacy and economic work, including more trust by overcoming historical issues, in order to make this succeed. By making Asia, work like Europe, India has a chance to build its own providence ahead of China.

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    anand
    Jan 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    This is Chinese puppetry.
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      Shailesh
      Jan 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm
      Who said that Don is India's friend, but understand that Don is definitely a good friend of his own money!!!This is sufficient for you to know. Now, create red carpets for his businesses in India, without him overtly realizing it. Get him to invest in India big time and see also his businesses grow well.... Soon you will find that Trump is putting his back behind India in different forums and also defense wise because he has to protect India to protect his business interests in India.
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        uk thapa
        Jan 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm
        I respected your right to say"it". Now dear line editor have the respect to hear out your reader and have the courage to publish my comment written an hour plus ago. Don't hide behind Dutch Courage.
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          uk thapa
          Jan 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm
          National Interest(s) are never served by wishful thinking. Why should India ever expect anything free and that includes POTUS,s friendship. Respect begets respect and self-respect even more so. The last 70 years were wasted years in promoting NationalInterest(s) and strategic culture. India has now begun to play to its weight nationally and internationally which puts pressure on everyone in the govt to play ones role without sham or pretence. When such role play becomes the Mantra, the Yantra and the Tantra stay healthy and automatically gets the Indian Nation its due respect and rightful place in the comity of nations which had sadly eluded is thus far in the wasted years. President Trump and his ilk schooled as they are in realpolitik realise that. One can therefore safely say that Modi-Trump equation will travel on the mutually respectful path that will be a win-win situation for the two nations and the World. Please stop looking for freebies as nothing comes free in Kalyug. Jai Ho. Jai Hind.
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            Madhur
            Jan 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm
            No wonder a Conartist wud find friend in another Conartist. Together these two will hatch plots to bring ruin of democracy and advance their personal interests which for trump is business, and for modi his false image and control over people.
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            1. Wate Rearth
              Jan 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm
              There are never any true friends in diplomacy. This author is a moron.
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