China the Reason behind the Trump-Modi Warmth?

On the first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Monday in the White House, the media around the world is writing a lot. Even Pakistan's newspaper Dawn has termed the friendship and simplicity between Modi and Trump as 'Bromance'. Now a US newspaper 'New York Times' has given a special reason for friendship to be seen between the two top leaders.

On behalf of White House officials, the newspaper said that the warmth between Trump and Modi was actually to 'disturb' Chinese President Xi Chunfing. Trump not only praised Modi but also endorsed his fight against corruption and attempts to reduce the tax rate, calling him his 'true friend'.

A senior White House official said that China is also the reason behind Trump and Modi's warmth over each other. According to the source, for some time now the Trump Administration is continuously trying to persuade China to pressurize North Korea. Despite America's strong efforts, China is not ready to do so. The Trump administration has said many a time that it is one of its biggest priorities to stop North Korea's nuclear program.

America has repeatedly warned North Korea to stop its nuclear and ballistic missile program, but they all do not seem to have any impact on Pyongyang. Since China sees its neighbors and territorial competitors as suspicious of India's friendship with America, Modi and Trump are showing more closely with each other for 'teasing' Beijing. China has already reacted sharply to the close relationship between India and the United States on several occasions.

Given the growing influence of China and its aggression, India and the US are paying more attention to enhancing mutual cooperation. Next month, the navies of both the countries are going to Japan to carry out military exercises in the Indian Ocean. It will be the biggest naval exercise till today. In addition, the Trump Administration has also agreed to give 23 drones to India.

These drones can be used by India to monitor the activities of Chinese vessels between Washington and Beijing over disputed Southern China Sea and East and submarines in the Indian Ocean. Both India and the United States are currently challenging China's offensive maritime ambitions. Earlier, there was a lot of tension in China Sea. Given all these aspects, the possibility of approaching closer to the two countries to deal with China's challenge seems to be quite obvious and understandable. 
                                                                                    ----Ashish Jha