The Modi government has rightly concluded that strong defense ties with the U.S. enhance Indian strategic autonomy rather than constrain it.
For Harsh V. Pant's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
India and states in the region should focus on making sure that China does not upend the balance of power in the South China Sea.
The South China Sea issue gives India has an opportunity to underscore its credentials as a responsible global power.
China is trying to block India's admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, whose members can trade in and export nuclear technology.
With India ascending in the global hierarchy and strengthening its ties with the United States, China's relationship with Pakistan will likely grow.
India is conceiving a new and more ambitious role for itself in East Asia and Indo-U.S. interests in the region are converging at an unprecedented rate.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India highlighted the two countries' growing economic and security ties.
Smaller states in Southeast Asia are looking to India to act as a counterweight to China's growing influence. It remains to be seen if New Delhi can live up to its full potential as well as the region's expectations.
India is scrambing to catch up with China in the competition for African markets and resources.
New configurations in Asian geopolitics are emerging thick and fast, including an initiative involving India, Japan and Australia.