Why the Modi-Trump meet, though high on optics is also of immense strategic importance to Bharat

The optics part of the Modi and a rejuvenated Trump meet cannot be overlooked but its importance and imperativeness has to measured in the delicate situation prevailing in our region and the Presidential elections taking place in America later this year.

The impeachment of the American President by hell bent Democrats could be a blessing in disguise for Trump seeking a second term in the oval office. The Democrats left no stone unturned to punch holes into Trump’s reputation but their efforts came a cropper and will only help the President in winning a 2nd term.

The anti-Bharat Democrat caucus in cahoots with the pro Pakistani lobby vociferously opposed the abrogation of article 370 in Kashmir calling it a lockdown and the UNHRC followed suit in raising the human rights bogey even though it was an internal matter of our country duly argued, discussed and finally passed resoundingly by two thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

The same caucas in unison with UNHRC and the “Freedom House” joining in is trying to tarnish Bharat’s image vis a vis CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act)  which has also gone through the democratic process and has been passed by the largest and biggest temple of our democracy.

A prominent section of the American Senators, mostly democrats, have upped the ante on anti Bharat rhetoric indulging in hindupobia and Hindu bashing without going into the facts. Tulsi Gabbard, the Hindu American democrat hit the nail on the head when she echoed the same sentiment.

It’s in this context that the Modi-Trump summit has to be seen. His Islamic terrorism warning supplemented our cause but the lurking danger for Bharat is not from Pakistan but the Dragon and this is where the Modi Trump bonhomie will benefit Bharat. China’s hegemony in the region is well known and its nexus with Pakistan does not augur well for Bharat.

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Moreover, off late, Russia has also cozied up to China and has done nothing to curb China’s dominance in the South China sea and the Indian Ocean.

The quartet of America, Bharat, Japan and Australia are the only countries who can take on the might of China and curb its dominance in the region which has strategic and maritime importance.

China’s growing dominance in the Indian Ocean and its nefarious intention of encircling Bharat from Sri Lanka to the Gwadar port in Pakistan can only be thwarted and torpedoed with active involvement of America and that most certainly can happen under Trump and his Republican party and the camaraderie he enjoys with our Prime Minister.

The Trump administration right from the outset had made its intention clear vis a vis China and the whopping trade imbalance that the latter enjoyed. It has been the first time that any American President has had the hump to take on China and address the long standing trade deficit with China.

Trump has also challenged, countered and questioned China’s growing muscle in the South China Sea and has already asked Bharat to be an active partner in countering China’s hegemony in the region.

Bharat under Modi is most equipped to partner America under Trump to stop world bully China in its tracks. China’s policy of buying out nations by extending an olive branch (loans) is well documented and known. Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Pakistan are countries which have been under massive Chinese debt and are being arm twisted by the dragon.

Amongst all US Presidents of the past, Trump is the only one who has taken China head on economically and militarily and Bharat should support Trump in this endeavor.

This becomes all the more important amidst reports of seizure of an “Autoclave” at Kandla port from a Chinese cargo ship bearing a Hong Kong flag which was heading for port Qasim, Karachi. This “Autoclave” which was declared as an industrial dryer can be used for launching ballistic missiles. This re-emphasizes the clandestine nuclear weapon technology transfer which China has been indulging in for its close ally Pakistan and poses an immediate threat to Bharat.

Sheshadri Chari, a senior BJP leader and a senior columnist, while dwelling on the fluid situation prevailing in Afghanistan as America readies to pull out its troops commented that this was the most opportune moment for Bharat to regain control of PoJK and thus checkmate Pakistan and the Taliban in one go.

This can only happen under PM Modi with American backing under the President ship of Trump so that all hostilities emanating from China and other non friendly nations can be kept at bay.

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Aman Gupta
Political Editor, Samast Bharat magazine