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US pivot to India crucial for Taipei

By Joseph Tse-hei Lee 李榭熙

All these geostrategic efforts were designed to consolidate China’s control over its extensive overland and maritime frontiers.

Indian policymakers always view China as an interloper in South Asia, an external power that challenges India’s natural sphere of influence. As a rising power, China perceives South Asia as a legitimate area for flexing its muscles against India and the US. In response to this Chinese encirclement, India has pursued security relations with China’s neighbors in the Pacific Ocean, especially Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan.

Evidently, both India and China have adopted defensive security concerns to balance against each other in the wider Asian region.

As the global balance of power is gradually shifting from China to the US and its allies, India will seize the opportunity to counter Chinese influence and reclaim its status as a regional power in Asia. Although the future is contingent upon many circumstantial factors, the US pivot toward South Asia has opened a new door for Taiwan to reset its diplomatic agenda and to boost its business and cultural ties with India.

Joseph Tse-hei Lee is a professor of history and codirector of the Global Asia studies program at Pace University in New York.

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