The recent partial border settlement with China should not be exaggerated because so many and bigger issues remain pending, but it is certainly another important indicator of India’s ability to defend its interests from more powerful countries. Around the same time, India has spoken at high levels of increasing its economic cooperation with Russia in important areas. This as well as maintenance of India’s crucial links with Russia has been achieved without any visible deterioration in relations with the USA and its close allies. In the early days of the Ukraine crisis and war, there appeared to be extra pressure on India from western countries to be antagonistic towards Russia, which would have been harmful for India’s strategic as well as economic interests, but India was able to resist these pressures and adopt a balanced policy that has protected its interests well. (Read More)
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