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US policies toward India and Asia need strategic coherence

President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.

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Make no mistake: India’s fight to tame a scofflaw Pakistan will be long and hard. The tendency to seek quick results must be eschewed. Indeed, the biggest enemy of India’s goals has been the failure to maintain a consistent Pakistan policy. Rhetoric is no substitute for clear-eyed policy and deterrent action.

Six takeaways from India's surgical strikes across LoC

In a joint press conference by director general of military operations Lt General Ranbir Singh and ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup, the former has announced that the India forces carried out “surgical strikes” last night at terror “launch pads” across the Line of Control (LoC). The Indian surgical strikes have caused, according to DGMO statement, “significant casualties” to “terrorists and those who are trying to support them.”

A trilateral aimed at Pakistan

The renewed trilateral engagement will work only if there is a sustained momentum towards deliverable outcomes. The Pakistani military-intelligence apparatus will do its best to scupper this initiative and will lash out in response to its growing marginalization. It will try to show its relevance by wreaking more havoc in Afghanistan and the region. The regional states should prepare for the worst even as they work towards a more coordinated response vis-à-vis Pakistan.

Obsessed with Pakistan

In his recent speech at the BJP conclave in Kozhikode, the prime minister invited Pakistan to a competition on, among other things, infant and maternal mortality. May I remind him, and ourselves, that this is a competition we may win with Pakistan, but are currently losing with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In any case, the only competition the government of India should engage in is vis-à-vis the ideals of the Constitution. And it is Indians, not Pakistanis, who are responsible for the wide chasm that presently exists between those ideals and everyday life in our republic.

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