TITLE

THE US FACTOR IN INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS: INDIA'S FINE BALANCING ACT

AUTHOR(S)
Narayandas, Rup
PUB. DATE
March 2012
SOURCE
Harvard Asia Quarterly;Spring/Summer2012, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
India-China-US relations have witnessed discernible shifts in the years since India and China were born as independent nation states in 1947 and 1949, respectively, following different trajectories -- India democratic, and China, communist. he major twist in the triangular relationship occurred in 1962 during the war between India and China, when the US supported India. During the India- China war, when India realized that it was woefully short of transport aircraft that could carry troops and military equipment to difficult-to-reach airstrips along the Chinese border, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru requested the help of President John F. Kennedy, and he obliged by providing a twelve-aircraft detachment of the sturdy Hercules for operation in Ladakh and the Northeast. Even today, China remains wary of perceived US efforts to court countries in the region, including Japan and India, to hedge against China. Ultimately, New Delhi has been faced with a fine balancing act, engaging in meaningful dialogue with Beijing while maintaining strong ties with Washington.
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