Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

India as Counterweight to China in Asia

Donald Trump shakes hands with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India, February 25, 2020. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
The importance of Washington’s relationship with New Delhi

Just ten days after Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chairman Mao Zedong inaugurated the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru landed in Washington for a three-week tour of the United States. Time magazine called it “one of the century’s most important visits of state”—a statement that would have been inconceivable a few years earlier, when India was still a British colony of limited geopolitical consequence for the U.S. But after the loss of Beijing to Communist rule, the newly independent India suddenly became, as the New York Times put it, “potentially a great counterweight to China.”

This article appears as “The Counterweight To China in Asia” in the March 23, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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