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strategic ally in the region. Looked at from another angle, the recent political behaviour of the US towards India may be attributed to what, on the face of it, appears to be an unusual seriousness on the part of the US government with regard to the questions of human rights and nuclear nonprolifera- tion on a worldwide scale. It is useful to recall in this connection that one of Bill Clinton's foreign policy objectives as a presidential candidate had been to ensure greater concern for human rights from the governments in the third world and to enlarge and strengthen the nuclear non- proliferation regime. At the same time, however, the US continues to betray a calculation and a selectivity in both its choice of countries to be pressurised and the degree of emphasis to be laid on one or both of these issues while seeking con formity to the norms set down by it. In the matter of nuclear nonproliferation, it is North Korea and India (and in a different sense, Ukraine) who are under maximum pressure. And with regard to human rights, it is India and, to a lesser degree, China.

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