US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to India is special in many ways. Antony has come to India at a time when the situation there is deteriorating after the withdrawal of America from Afghanistan. On the other hand, there is China which is a challenge for both America and India at this time. Afghanistan is very important to India and both China and Pakistan are ready to take full advantage of the situation that has arisen there. There are many issues to be discussed, but when Blinken will meet the Indian Foreign Minister as well as Prime Minister Modi, the issue of Afghanistan and China will be on the top of the agenda.
China’s challenge for both India and America
China’s relations are neither good with India nor with America at this time and China is also a challenge for both the countries. In the talks to be held today, there is every possibility of discussion about China’s increasingly aggressive policy between India and America. The biggest threat to China is the presence of Taiwan, America and Japan in the South China Sea. This is the reason why the Chinese army is rapidly increasing its strategic strength in this area. At the same time, there have been very aggressive statements from the US regarding China in the recent past.
On the other hand, the conflict between China and India continues till now after Galvan. China is increasing its military strength near the LAC. Recently the Chinese President visited Tibet which is indeed a matter of concern for India. This was Xi Jinping’s first visit to Tibet after becoming the President. China is rapidly upgrading military bases and airbases from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. In recent days, there have been many such reports which have shown that China has built many new military bases near the border of India, which can be useful for it in times of war.
How will Afghanistan be resolved, Quad will also be discussed
The issue of Afghanistan is very important for India at this time. America’s withdrawal is affecting all the countries around Afghanistan. Terrorist groups targeting India and Afghanistan are getting support from Pakistan which is not good for India. In today’s conversation, there can also be talk of terror funding and putting pressure on Pakistan, which gives shelter to terrorists. In the case of Afghanistan, the pair of China and Pakistan is presenting a different challenge for India in Afghanistan.
The leaders of India and the US will discuss strengthening cooperation under the draft of the Quad. The Foreign Minister-level meeting of the Quad, a grouping of four countries, is likely to take place later this year. Apart from this, there will also be a discussion about corona and vaccination.