Singapore, This year’s annual Strategic Conference in Singapore, this time in the Shangri-La Dialogue, was attended by an Indian leader for the first time as Prime Minister Modi. In the Shangri-La Dialogue, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted a policy of equilibrium, not standing in favor of any of the world’s two main forces in America and China directly. Where he attacked the current US protectionist policies and also criticized China’s aggression in South China Sea.
Bloomberg has mentioned in a report about how Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has adopted a policy of balance, not standing in favor of any of the world’s two main forces in America and China directly. It has been reported in the report that US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who came to take part in the Shangri-La Dialogue, fervently admired India and gave it the basis of the ‘security’ of the Hind-Pacific region. But if Matis has expected that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will use this platform to join the platform of America, Japan and Australia against the aggressive expansionist policy of China, he will certainly have been disappointed. The strongest Indian leader of recent decades has adopted a policy of carefully balancing between two major forces on this occasion.
The Americas, Japan and Australia groups are also known as Quad. In his speech, Prime Minister Modi not only carefully cited the quad, but also hurt America’s current protectionist policies. In this way, their stand will definitely satisfy China’s delegation.
Modi said from Defense Ministers and Military Officers gathered for Shangri-La Dialogue, “A better future of Asia and the world will be when India and China work together in harmony with mutual trust and mutual trust.” The Shangri-La Dialogue is organized by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.
In his address, PM Modi talked about the peaceful settlement of disputes according to the freedom of navigational, uninterrupted trade and international law, by shouting from the US. They attacked the governments who put other countries in the “burden of debt”. In this way, they strongly criticized China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, in the gesture-gesture of the disputed South China Sea and the burden of heavy debt to other countries.
Narendra Modi had criticized China’s aggressive activities and its ambitious project BRI in the South China Sea, but with full care that he did not stand with the quad group of Australia, Japan and America. In fact, Modi does not want China to face any other conflict like Doklam with the election before the 2019 general elections. At the end of April, Modi went to Wuhan of China for informal talks on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. At the same time such reports had come that India has rejected the American pressure to include Australia in the annual naval exercise of Japan, the US and India. Beijing also did not want that Australia, also in the United Naval Practice of India, Japan and the US, would also enter.
Indeed, India does not want to buy any collision directly from China due to the growing uncertainty about the reliability of the Trump era. Kanti Prasad Bajpai, director of Center of Asia and Globalization, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yu School of Public Policy, says, “India has an idea of reality.” Indeed, China’s defense budget is more than three times the defense budget of India and its economy is about 5 times bigger than the Indian economy. India knows that it is far behind in the military and economic zones. Bajpai says, “Modi has understood that India is not in a position to challenge China after a certain limit, especially due to the unreliability of America under the leadership of Trump, India has accepted this fact.”