BEIJING, July 26 -- The new US-India defense
pact inked by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Minister of
External Affairs S. M. Krishna on July 20 has made many Chinese web users
concerned as they believe the agreement will likely to pose potential threats to
China in the future.
This agreement allows the US to sell sophisticated
military technology to India and conduct "end-use monitoring."
According to an anonymous poll on huanqiu.com, 92.5
percent of 3,111 web users by 10 pm on July 23 agreed to the question, "Do you
think that US-India military defense cooperation will threaten China?"
China and India are considered two emerging powers
with the largest populations in the world.
"To support India can be partially regarded as a
strategy to counter China," comments an Internet user. "Besides, China has a
stake in Indian Ocean."
Another said, "If the US does not want to contain
China, why bother coming all the way from another hemisphere?"
An anonymous web user compared the US-India military
cooperation to an act of isolating China, saying, "The US has been cooperating
with China's neighboring countries for fear that its hegemonic position will be
surpassed by China some day. With Japan and other alliances, the US will stand
firm on Asian-Pacific region. India is the best choice, for there is no huge
development gap between China and India. A US-backed India will surely menace
However, 7.5 percent of online voters who believe
this cooperation won't be a threat.
"A country does not have permanent friends, only
permanent interests," a voter quoted the classic statement from former British
Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. "The US will never sell its most advanced weapon
to India. But China needs to be on high alert." Another voter said developing
ties is the most important thing for China. "Any cooperation between the
countries and organizations is positive and we should not look at the
international issues with prejudice."
Clinton's visit further warms U.S.-India relations
WASHINGTON, July 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's visit to India earlier this month will set the stage for future relations with a nation now designated as a critical U.S. ally, experts say.
The July 18-20 visit underscores a shift toward integrating India more into the global economic community. Full story
Hillary Clinton trip to India marks
U.S. inking of key strategic pacts with New Delhi
NEW DELHI, July 21 (Xinhua) -- The fully-packed, high-profile
visit to India by the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended
Monday mid-night, with the announcement by the U.S. and India of the inking of
some key strategic pacts between the two countries.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
(L) smiles next to India's Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna
during the signing of agreements ceremony in New Delhi July 20,
2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
New Delhi and Washington have reached an understanding on the
End-User Verification Agreement, which gives rights to the latter's experts to
inspect hi-tech military hardware sold to India, and the most important Fissile
Material Cut-off Treaty, two pacts with deep strategic impact on the region and
the whole Asia as well. Full story
Some hits, some misses on Clinton's
BEIJING, July 24 -- George W. Bush's eight years in the White
House transformed the tenor of India-US ties, especially in the defense and
In the backdrop of that legacy of hype and hyperactivity, US
President Barack Obama's efforts to revive the arms control agenda, especially
the comprehensive test ban and fissile material cut-off treaties, his support
for climate change negotiations leading up to the Copenhagen conference in
December, and his perspective on terrorism and Kashmir, asking India to open
peace talks with Pakistan, have created serious misgivings in New Delhi. Full story