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Book chapter

The rise of China as a factor of India-US relations

Rogacheva A.

Today the rise of China is in fact one of the two arguments drawn in support of the idea of Indian-American alliance. Since the end of the noughties both Western and Asian commentators sometimes find it possible to speak of the folding of an anti-China coalition led by the United States and including India. Grounds for such talks are given by the steps of the United States to expand its military presence in Asia, as well as statements by the American political establishment over the past few years.

Another argument, which is drawn is that both the US and India are democracies in contrasts to undemocratic China. Though the idea appeared primarily among American liberals, today one can find examples of its support by Indian experts. In recent months there has been increased attention and support on the part of the United States to the trilateral cooperation of Japan, India and the United States.

How valid are the comments about the anti-Chinese coalition involving India and the United States? It is this issue that the author of the present article addresses. We believe that the rise of China has indeed become one of the incentives for the rapprochement between India and America. The process gained momentum, as previously mentioned, when of G. Bush came to power. Today, however, in our opinion, the Chinese factor does not give such centripetal dynamics to the two countries relations, and talks about anti-China coalition or anti-China alliance are unfounded because the rapprochement has reached a certain limit explained by the divergence of certain  interests of the United States and India on global and regional levels. To provide arguments for support of this point of view, an analysis in the spirit of neorealism has been carried out, in which interests of sides has constituted the primary object of investigation.