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  • Abhishek Ratkal asked: What are India's reservations about having a tripartite security agreement involving Japan and the US in view of a rising China?

    Jagannath P. Panda replies: ‘Rising China’ is certainly a security challenge for the US, Japan and India at many levels. In fact, most countries find it difficult to deal with China. Still, a ‘tripartite security agreement’ or building an alliance to tackle China is surely not recommendable. While China remains one of the significant trading partners for the US, Japan and India, it equally connects with the three on a range of complex regional and global issues and politics. China is not only the second largest economy in the world today, but also a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). A ‘tripartite security agreement’ involving India, Japan and the US may sound an encouraging one; but, may not actually be a sensible one.

    Politically, India does not have any specific reservations on a ‘tripartite security agreement.’ Yet, from India’s perspective, it may not be a correct stride to enter into such an agreement. This kind of ‘tripartite security agreement,’ however, may help in tackling trans-national and non-traditional security issues at the regional and global level. For years, India’s foreign policy has been on the path of ‘non-alignment’ and India is not known for taking side or entering into any political or security centric alliance or agreement. India must continue with its traditional posture, without really entering into any needless security agreement or alliance. India must have its own independent approach to deal with a ‘Rising China’, and should not enter into a security agreement or alliance which may complicate the China-India relations further.

    India-Japan-US Trilateral Dialogue: A Promising Initiative

    There certainly exists some logic behind India, Japan and the US working together, and that too in a region that lacks solid security architecture.

    November 22, 2011

    DPJ’s Duplicity on Futenma Base Relocation in 2009

    Wikileaks cables reveal a secret pact in which the Hatoyama administration agreed to honour the 2006 agreement on the relocation of Futenma if the US were to reject the proposed alternative.

    May 09, 2011

    Japan’s Revised Defence Guidelines: Proactive Dynamism Pervades “Reluctant Realism”

    Would China’s strategic error in inviting Japanese hostility place more blocks to its rise as an unchallenged regional power or would it be able to override the Japanese threat in ample measure by altering its strategic game and finding a meeting ground with the United States?

    December 27, 2010

    As Dragon flexes muscle, the Rising Sun goes defensive

    China’s rise has become a matter of concern throughout Asia and led to changes in the strategic postures of its neighbours. Japan has begun to rethink its own defence strategy and security policy in response to China’s military modernization.

    September 09, 2010

    The Strategic Relevance of Okinawa

    Notwithstanding popular criticism and opposition, the US-Japan security alliance and the presence of USFJ remain vital to Japanese foreign and security policies.

    June 10, 2010

    Foreign Policy and Domestic Challenges before Kan Naoto

    Getting the economy back on track would be Kan’s top most priority. Kan views ties with the US as the core of Japan’s foreign policy, though he also greatly values the relationship with China.

    June 09, 2010

    Testing Times for the Japan-US Alliance: “Secret Pact” Revealed

    Notwithstanding revelations about the secret nuclear pact, the Japan-US alliance is likely to remain strong and the East Asian security order will continue to be determined by the American presence

    March 16, 2010

    Japan unveils existence of a secret nuke pact with the US

    The disclosure of this agreement is aimed at scoring political points as well as addressing the discontent among the nuclear allergic Japanese who want adherence to the non-nuclear principles in letter and sprit.

    March 16, 2010

    Revisiting the Japan-US Security Treaty in Crisis at the 50th Anniversary

    The Japan-US alliance is indispensable for dealing with the uncertain future of regional and global security, particularly in the Korean Peninsula and to ensure China’s responsible role in the region.

    January 29, 2010