New York, Sept. 28, 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters (source: dpa)

Roadblocks ahead as China challenge draws India and US closer

Relations between the United States and India are taking on a greater significance amid a climate of heightened Sino-US tensions, now focused on Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea and efforts to extend its naval influence into the Indian Ocean. In response, Washington and New Delhi have drawn closer together and intensified their trilateral dialogue with Tokyo. Joint naval exercises held by the US, India and Japan in the Bay of Bengal in October were meant to send Beijing a clear message of resolve to maintain open seaways.

The scope of future strategic and security cooperation between the US and India, however, will depend to a large extent on Washington’s sensitivity to <a h...

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