PM Modi’s France & UAE tours, bolstering ties
TCS WORLD DESK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on world tour and bolstered
ties with France and the UAE during his visit to the two nations this week. In
pic, PM Modi with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al
Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday
Without the govt enabling the public and private sectors, the deals signed between Modi and Biden won’t realise their potential in strengthening India’s military power.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi bolstered ties with France and the UAE during his visit to the two nations this week. In pic, PM Modi with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.Following the meeting with the UAE President, PM Modi announced that India and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to start trade settlement in local currencies.
Two major defence deals were signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, building on previous agreements since the nuclear framework agreement signed between PM Manmohan Singh and President George Bush in 2005. These deals are rooted in India’s geographic location and its growing economic and diplomatic clout in the context of the ongoing global geopolitical struggle. They also align with the US’s efforts to protect its global hegemony, which is couched in a security framework, and involve India in defending common interests against a rising and aggressive China.The contested geo-strategic space is the Indo-Pacific waters, which serve as crucial transit corridors for international trade, connecting Asian economic heartlands to resource and market hubs. China perceives any move by the US and its allies to control these key trade routes as a major threat to its economic development. The defence deals are transactional in nature and will likely be shaped by the trajectory of the China-US rivalry in the long run. To India, these deals provide alternatives to reduce its military dependence on Russia over time.The recent momentum in India-US defence deals signifies a shift from primarily dealing with Russia’s public sector to deepening ties with the corporate and technological might of US military-industrial complex. However, this shift will be a different ball game for India. It requires new approaches from the Indian public and private sectors, guided by changes in government policies and regulatory frameworks. Without the necessary role played by the government and enabling the public and private sectors, these deals will not be able to realise the potential they hold for strengthening India’s military power.India’s top political leaders cannot rest at just signing the deals but must oversee and guide the delivery of outcomes, which will be executed by the ministries concerned, especially the Ministry of Defence (MoD).