India and China abandon old ideologies: with a weak US, Asian neighbors focus on new geopolitical concerns

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The decision by India and China to have a “prospective” debate at the bilateral meeting between the heads of the two governments during the IX BRICS Summit underscores the growing need to realign policies in a rapidly changing world.

Both India and China, as Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping reaffirmed, need “healthy and stable” relations in a world where US influence is rapidly diminishing, generating new geopolitical concerns in Asia and Europe.
Chinese President Xi Jinping greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto before the group photo shoot of emerging countries and developing countries during the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China. Reuters

Xi Jinping greets Narendra Modi and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China on Tuesday. Reuters

Beijing, as is clear from the BRICS statement on terrorism, has realized that it does not gain anything from alienating India at a time when China is busy affirming its role as a global power and an alternative to the United States . India, for its part, has realized that not making China unhappy will serve New Delhi’s interest because of shifting global equations.

To understand why China is becoming a major geopolitical player, we need to step back to look at the ongoing battle of words between the US and the US. and its ally South Korea in the middle of the confrontation with Pyongyang.

Two days ago, US President Donald Trump surprised everyone by criticizing South Korea for committing to North Korea. His verbal attack on Seoul came hours after North Korea called for a successful hydrogen bomb test, which it is now threatening to use against the United States.

According to CNN, Trump’s aides say the president has grown frustrated over what he sees as a soft spot for North Korea by President Moon Jae-in, who has lobbied for talks with Pyongyang in an effort to contain tensions by rapidly increasing .

Seoul has been an American ally since its inception. It has kept Washington through several crises. So why is Seoul suddenly in Trump’s line of fire? Why is it defending a “soft stance” toward North Korea even though Pyongyang almost seems to be calling for war with the US? and their allies in East Asia?

One of the reasons, of course, is internal politics. President Moon Jae-in came to power in May with the promise of talking to North Korea and dealing with corruption. Therefore, he has his national constituency to deal with. But the other reason is also convincing: South Korea’s desire not to disturb China, Pyongyang’s only friend in the region.