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'Mischievous Strategic Partner': Biden Faces Backlash in India Over Military Aid to Pakistan

© AFP 2023 PUNIT PARANJPEJoe Biden addresses a gathering of Indian businessmen at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on July 24, 2013.
Joe Biden addresses a gathering of Indian businessmen at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on July 24, 2013. - Sputnik India, 1920, 03.04.2024
More often than not Indian military and strategic affairs analysts have raised questions about America's intentions to have a deep relationship with India. Similar doubts about the US reappeared this week in the South Asian nation.
US President Joe Biden is facing a massive backlash in India over his recent pledge to cement a "strong strategic partnership" with Pakistan despite New Delhi raising questions about American double standards for providing military assistance to Islamabad.
"Biden has not only embraced Pakistan's new military-backed government but also pledged to 'continue to forge a strong partnership' with that country, a Mecca of terrorism. The US is helping keep Pakistan afloat while modernizing its F16 fleet to make it more potent against India," noted Indian Geopolitical pundit Brahma Chellaney, said on Wednesday.
On the other hand, other watchers of international affairs in the region dubbed the US as a "mischievous strategic partner", mocking the Biden administration for playing games with India.
Meanwhile, a social media user added, "To be an enemy of the US is dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal."
Interestingly, the criticism of the Biden administration for the North American sovereign state's relations with Islamabad comes at a time when Washington has made serious attempts to lure India into its ambit.
For example, in recent months, the White House has repeatedly raised objections over India's close ties with Russia, especially after Moscow launched its Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine in February 2022.
In fact, at times Washington has been critical of New Delhi's growing imports of Russian crude, forcing Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to slam the West's attempts to have an impact on the country's independent foreign policy.
The White House - Sputnik India, 1920, 02.04.2024
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