New Delhi / Islamabad – The very first ‘Two-Plus-Two Dialogue’ between India and the United States has already started showing results. Within a few hours of the meeting, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi rushed to Pakistan. Chinese Foreign Minister announced at this time that China would provide all the necessary support to Pakistan to improve its economy. China has also started efforts to reduce the Nepalese dependence on India by opening its ports to Nepal. The occurrence of these events right after the ‘Two-Plus-Two Dialogue’ is not a mere coincidence but apparently has an aggressive Chinese strategy behind it.
The United States had made a dogged demand under which the US wanted India to restrain and reorganize its relations with Russia and Iran in accordance with the United States-imposed sanctions on the two countries. India had bluntly refused to accede to it. Therefore, the United States postponing the ‘Two-Plus-Two Dialogue was looked upon as a way to pressurise India to accept. Nevertheless, the Dialogue did take place on the 6th of September 2018. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had declared ahead of the meet that the India-Russia ties will not be the prime focus in these discussions. It was an indication to send out the message to India that there would not be any hindrance in the Dialogue from the side of the United States.
Without a direct mention, freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific was promoted at the ‘Two-Plus-Two Dialogue’. Also, India and the United States sent an apt message to China by strengthening of bilateral cooperation between them. Both the countries also increased the pressure on Pakistan by forming a consensus over the issue of terrorism. The United States along with India had also expressed concerns about the fact that Hafeez Saeed, the mastermind of the ‘Mumbai terror attacks’ was roaming freely in Pakistan.
‘In the month of August 1971, India had signed a strategic military agreement with Russia. As per the agreement, if Russia was under an attack, India would join the war on its side. Vice-versa, declaration of war on India would be treated as a declaration of war of Russia. This agreement was nothing but India’s declaration of war against Pakistan. The agreement was the basis for the 1971 ‘India-Pakistan War’ in which India helped separate East Pakistan that lead to creation of Bangladesh. Even today, India has declared a war against Pakistan by signing the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA),’ claimed a former Pakistani diplomat.
The former Pakistani diplomat also pointed out that ‘Pakistan was the only country with a direct mention in the ‘Two-Plus-Two Dialogue’. Thus, the former Pakistani diplomat expressed concerns over the likelihood of India and the United States teaching Pakistan a lesson soon.
On the other hand, China treats the strategic alliance between India and the United States as a way to target it. Especially, the decision to establish a hotline between the defence and foreign ministers of India and the United States after the ‘Two-Plus-Two Dialogue’ is a very important development. It will allow quick decision-making on sensitive issues and efficient implementation of the same possible for both the countries. This has been a major jolt to China who intends to dominate the Indo-Pacific region.