April 22, 2021
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Tackling dragon
Obama-Modi: The new G-2 in Asia? The Obama-Modi meeting before Indian Republic Day in New Delhi resulted in unprecedented three joint statements, rare in bilateral relations especially between two powerful democracies described as having estranged relations during most of the six and half decades after India gained independence. This sudden upturn in relations and coordinated strategic thinking resulted in the US-India Joint Strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region. The other Joint statements were-Joint Statement during the visit of President of USA to India-Shared effort: progress for all and the third one was India US Declaration of friendship. These three joint statements revealed the possible strategic games the two world’s largest and oldest democracies are likely to play. However, the first one on the Joint Strategic vision for Asia-pacific and the Indian Ocean region have irked China most, against whom all the strategic observers have unanimous view that the statement was directed against. “We affirm the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea. We call on all parties to avoid threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on Law o
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