Trump’s first visit to India, “Indo-Pacific chain” more tight?

Trump completed his first trip to India after taking office on February 25, not only brought back a $ 3 billion arms order, but also worked with Indian Prime Minister Modi to upgrade bilateral relations to a “comprehensive global strategic partnership” “. Although multi-party analysis believes that Trump ’s trip is not worthwhile, such as poor trade negotiations and slow technical cooperation, do n’t forget that India is a big “bridgehead” on the US-Indo-Pacific strategy board.

Trump’s visit is just a sign, and defense cooperation is the closest part of the two sides, and the United States has tied India to its “Indo-Pacific chain”.

Defense cooperation upgrades again
Modi has visited the United States six times since he took office in May 2014 (two in Trump’s term), but Trump’s India tour is like India waiting for the stars and the moon. Trump sat on Air Force One across the Atlantic to India, spent 36 hours in India, was welcomed by 7 million people, and then left with a $ 3 billion arms order.

Trump ’s visit to India has multiple purposes, including close relations with Modi, enhancing strategic partnership between the two countries, and seeking the support of 6 million Indian voters in the United States. The most important thing for both sides. This was expressed in the joint statement of both sides. At the beginning of the joint statement, it emphasized the strengthening of the comprehensive global strategic partnership between the United States and India, and promised to deepen defense and security cooperation, including deepening information sharing in the marine and space fields, and optimizing and expanding joint military training and exercises. Trump emphasized that a strong Indian military force is conducive to maintaining peace, stability, and rule-based order in the Indo-Pacific region, and supports the transfer of US advanced military technology to India.

This direct expression is the truest manifestation of US-India relations. $ 3 billion in military purchase orders, including 24 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and 6 AH-64E Apache helicopters. Don’t be too small, this is only the contract that has been negotiated so far, and there is still a long line in the follow-up. Over the past 10 years, India has purchased more than $ 15 billion in weapons and equipment from the United States, including amphibious landing ships, P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, C-17 large transport aircraft, AH-64 gunships, and M-777 light howitzers. The projects that the two countries are negotiating include the purchase of additional P-8I aircraft, air defense radar, AIM-120 air-to-air missiles …

Even more eye-catching for Americans is that India is seeking a new generation of fighter jets worth tens of billions of dollars. In the “medium-sized multi-purpose fighter” project 10 years ago, the US F-16 did not enter the Delhi eye, and India finally chose the French Rafale. This time the Americans are eager to win the order, and Boeing has submitted a proposal.

“Indo-chain” is more tight
No matter what other people think, Trump is always full of confidence. An important purpose of his long-distance trip to India is to further fix India on the large Indian-Pacific strategy chessboard that he described in one hand. The “common enemy” is the target, and they have joined forces to achieve certain common goals for the United States and India.

After the Trump administration came to power, he announced that he had abandoned the Obama administration ’s “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” strategy, and proposed the “Indo-Pacific Vision” in October 2017 (which evolved into the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”) the following year. The “India-Pacific Strategy Report” was officially released at the dialogue, announcing to the Indo-Pacific region that “the United States is back”.

Please note that from the perspective of security, the actions of the US “Asia-Pacific Rebalancing” are all based on the concept of the “island chain” during the Cold War, and have made concerted efforts in the political and military fields. From Japan and South Korea in Northeast Asia, through Taiwan, China to Southeast Asian countries, as well as in Australia and other countries in the South Pacific, the U.S. is trying to embrace and arm the United States. The goal is to build a chain on the oceans in the eastern part of the Asian continent. Fortress.

From this perspective, Trump’s “Indo-Pacific strategy” is an inheritance and expansion of the “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” strategy. It extends the tentacles of “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” from Southeast Asia westward to the periphery of the Bay of Bengal, India, and countries around the Arabian Sea. The “Indo-Pacific Strategy Report” of the United States has named every dozens of countries covered by this large isolated area, which shows the intention of the United States.

The three “island chains” during the Cold War and the current “Indo-Pacific chain” were all left behind by our navy. The so-called emperor’s achievements of Trump’s visit to India have been greatly reduced.
India’s role in this long “Indo-Pacific chain” is crucial. It is the “big fort” in the Indian Ocean, not only the “boss” of the region, but also the organic connection between the Bay of Bengal region on the east of the North Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea region on the west; without it, the “Indo-Pacific” chain in the United States would break the chain , Transformed into the “Asia-Pacific chain”, that is, back to the origin of “Asia-Pacific rebalancing”.

It is for this reason that the United States wants to pull India by the side; although India does not always follow the same pace as the United States, it basically dances with the United States. The “Indo-Pacific strategy” of the United States is economically hollow, and defense cooperation is the current focus. This is what Trump has repeatedly called out in India to provide India with the best and most frightening military equipment on the planet. .

My fleet sails into the distance
Regardless of the “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” or “Indo-Pacific strategy”, or whether it is “Asia-Pacific chain” or “Indo-Pacific chain”, the United States resumes the Cold War “old industry”, deliberately considers “man-made” opponents, and wants to move from the Western Pacific to the North The anti- “C” shaped solitary line in the Indian Ocean region has constructed a new tight encirclement to achieve its strategic purpose of “competition among the great powers.” It is a pity that under the great changes in the past century, the world is no longer the world of the Cold War. The pace of China’s development is even more powerful. The old Cold War dream of the United States is doomed to fail.

At the same time as Trump ’s visit to India announced that he would provide more weapons and equipment to India, the “Ocean Joint Training Formation” of the naval theater in the south of China successfully completed the training mission and returned to the military port terminal on February 25.

This trip can be unusual. According to the “South China Sea Fleet” and “Contemporary Navy” WeChat public account, the Chinese Navy’s long-distance sea joint training formation consisting of Hohhot, Xianning, Chaganhu and Tianshu starships started in January this year. Long-distance joint training in the Pacific Ocean and other seas. The training lasted 41 days and the total range was over 14,000 nautical miles. During the voyage, the formations followed the actual combat process, using proactive pull, autonomous confrontation, etc., and completed more than 30 actual combat exercises such as counter-terrorism and anti-piracy, wartime supply, and comprehensive offshore rescue, which tested the formation’s joint offshore combat capabilities and tempered them. Officers and soldiers dare to fight with confidence, will and fighting spirit.

But these are not the points. What is the point? It is the first time that our naval fleet has crossed the international date change line, and it is the first time that we have crossed the international date change line in combat readiness training to reach the East Pacific. The international date change line is roughly near the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and the Eastern Pacific Ocean to the east is considered the “territory” of Americans. In the United States’ strategic consciousness, this line cannot be crossed by Eastern forces, but now it has been under the ship by our ship formation. This means that the Chinese navy is fully capable of breaking through any containment and sailing to deeper oceans.

The three “island chains” during the Cold War and the current “Indo-Pacific chain” were all left behind by our navy. The so-called emperor’s achievements of Trump’s visit to India have been greatly reduced.