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The Indian-Chinese Relationship: The Political, Economic, and Military Obstacles to a Counter Balance in Asia

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army Command and General Staff College, School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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What aspects of Indias political relationships, economy, or military provide an opportunity or an obstacle to serving as leverage against China. The United States has identified India as a potential counter-balance to China. This monograph determines that India is currently an unsuitable partner due to its political preferences, limited economy, and insufficient military capabilities. Politically, India prefers multi-lateral cooperation which fosters goodwill and respects the sovereignty of all nations. This monograph recommends an empowered India that can improve its capabilities to overcome obstacles while building trust with the United States. These include grooming India as a regional power through both leadership and administration of multi-lateral military exercises. The United States should promote multi-lateral economic and political partnerships in the region, as well as support Indian military development in logistical capabilities. The United States should remain committed as an equal and cooperative partner with India, seeking to promote mutual and regional goals while allowing Chinese actions to spur concern independently.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Government and Political Science

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