While the EU is struggling for recognition in India President Obama pays an unprecedented second visit to New Delhi this week as guest of honour at the Republican Day celebrations. Despite a ten year travel ban to the US, Prime Minister Modi now seems to enjoy cementing relations with the world’s leading superpower.
Relations between the US and India have not always been easy. Indeed the relationship has been characterised by bouts of friendship mixed with indifference and disappointments. Obama will have a number of priorities on his agenda this week. First to demonstrate to China and other Asian states that the US-India relationship is back on track. Second to push closer business ties. Trade between the US and China is almost five times higher than with India.
By Akanksha Sharma and Akanksha Narain
In light of recent events, especially President Obama’s visit to India and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to China, India’s foreign policy appears to have undergone a transformative shift since the heyday of Non-Alignment. Is this indeed the case?
The latest of the regular trilateral meetings involving the foreign ministers of Russia, China and India and which was held in Beijing ended with a joint communique.
The EU-Asia Centre and the Institute for European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel invite you to a panel discussion on ‘Prospects for EU-Japan Relations’ at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, from 1700-1830 (followed by a reception) on 4 March.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.