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India in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Indo-Pacific ‘Quad’

Sailing in Two Boats

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India is presently enjoying the luxury of being a member state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the largest transnational body in the Eurasian region and an important link in the emerging Quadrilateral (Quad) alliance between the United States (US), Japan, Australia, and India. With one foot in Eurasia and the other in the Indo-Pacific, India is walking a tightrope.

India’s “two-timing” strategy is likely to be tested in the near future. As the US steps up its anti-China rhetoric and reactivates the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) propaganda machinery to focus on the treatment of the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, the Tibetans, and the Taiwanese (Abbas 2018), India will be required to take sides, which will have an impact on its position in the SCO. The tensions in the Indo-Russian ties are already visible. Although the deal on the supply of the S-400 missile system was concluded at the 19th India–Russia Annual Bilateral Summit on 5 October 2018 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin, the future trajectory of bilateral ties continues to lie in the realm of uncertainty. China is also testing India’s resolve by urging it to enhance military-to-military ties between the two countries.

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Updated On : 29th Oct, 2018

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