Source: USNI News

The strong economic ties the United States and India maintain with China inhibit Washington and New Delhi from taking “hard actions” when Beijing acts provocatively in the South China Sea or the Indian Ocean, one of India’s leading conservative strategic analysts said Wednesday.

Bharat Karnad, speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank, said, “India expects more in investment and trade” with China and the United States “doesn’t want to disturb the status quo.” Neither country knows how China would react if it took such a step.

In that regard, the scholar from the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi placed Beijing in the “rogue nuclear triad,” in which he included North Korea and Pakistan, as to its unpredictability in a major crisis.