The China aggression in the Pacific ocean region has been a big matter of concern for the US. China has been threatening Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and also Indian concerns in the South China Sea for long years. India’s ONGC natural gas deals in the area have been threatened by China for some time.
Now that a Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi has been given a mighty favorable mandate in the recent election, US is hoping that India will now be willing to take decisive steps in countering Chinese aggression in the area. Admiral Jonathan Greenert has conveyed the same opinion at a Washington meeting yesterday.
“There’s a strategic partnership and opportunity up there with India that is emerging, My goal would be to get back to where we were in mid-2000s. We were doing very, very comprehensive events. We were doing carrier operations together, very, very complex, integrated … and I think it would be great if we could get back to that level,” said Greenert.
“Then maybe India would be willing to come over to Western Pacific … we will just have to see what the political ramifications are and where they are willing to go.”
Vietnam has been complaining of China’s incursions in to their sea water. China’s oil rig in disputed waters near Vietnamese coast has seen confrontation of both sides. Vietnam has extended its naval relations with the US under the circumstances and has been requesting US to be more present in the area, as per sources. As India too has oil interests in the area, US and other interested parties are hoping for a group effort in pushing China down.