There could be a lot of support in South Asia and in the Middle East for a more constructive, more positive Japanese role.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi consolidates the strategic partnership with the United States, critics and doubters have questions about the cost of becoming real friends with America.
The rapid resurgence of China and the slower emergence of India are compelling a reframing of their shared spaces into the composite notion of the Indo-Pacific.
Given China’s growing force projection capabilities, the United States and India will have to work together to develop a strategy of balancing, without containing, China.
Delhi finds it hard to elicit China’s support on key international priorities of its own, including India’s integration into the global nuclear order.
America’s leaders have drawn attention to a deep paradox of Japan’s nuclear story.
The idea that India must unilaterally cede a veto to China over its partnership with America reveals an enduring strategic diffidence in Delhi. It also shows little awareness of either China’s geopolitical tradition or of modern India’s diplomatic practice.
Modi has turned the previous UPA government’s China policy on its head.
In a rapidly evolving global landscape that is unforgiving of military misadventures, there is an urgent need for policymakers in both India and the United States to strengthen the instruments of economic diplomacy.
A rising China and the anti-India resentments of Kathmandu’s hill elite have the potential to neutralize, over the longer term, some of Delhi’s natural strategic advantages in Nepal.