WASHINGTON Indias growing nervousness over Chinas behaviour in the region played a pivotal role in bringing it closer to the US, according to former US defence secretary Ashton Carter.
Carter, who in his various capacities at the Pentagon including as defence secretary played a key role in cementing India-US defence relationship, said in a major policy paper on Wednesday that China stands isolated and India has emerged as a key and dependable ally of the United States in the region.
India, he said, is an example of how the strategic benefits of the principled, inclusive network can overcome hesitation.
Once deeply skeptical of US influence in South Asia, India became a more active participant in regional security during my two years as secretary of defence than at any time in its history, he said.
Currently director of Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, Carter said many factors led to Indias decision to seek closer ties with the US: its growing economic and political confidence, its assessment of the strategic situation on the subcontinent, and the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.
Growing nervousness over Chinas behaviour from the South China Sea to the Himalayan border region played a pivotal role, Carter said.
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