Awaiting for the clear view and response from the Chinese Govt on Communication Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) between India and the US, a supporting reflexive statement of the Govt was printed in a China’s state-run newspaper Global Times, saying that focus of US is now shifting from Pakistan to India in South Asia and the agreement is a clear evidence of the same.
Recently in Delhi at the inaugural of Indo 2+2 Dialogue, the US signed the suspension of anti-terrorism aid to Pakistan and security agreement with India.
The article in the newspaper informed that a significant elevation has been seen in US South Asia Policy in the past few weeks. On one side Washington suspended $300 million aid to military assistance to Pakistan, and on the other, they started a long-pending important military communication agreement in New Delhi. Interestingly, the suspension took place just a few days before the expected visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of Islamabad and New Delhi.
The article did not name COMCASA and any implication on US-China relationship. It has not even mentioned anything pertaining to the Indo-US approach in the Indo-Pacific region, nor did it reveal anything about Road Initiative in the joint statement issued after 2+2 dialogue.
The article was titled as ‘US tilts towards India in shifting South Asia Policy’ in the regional newspaper of China. According to the statements of the article, the situation on Afghanistan is quite clear now as it seems more transactional and tactical in nature instead of strategic. To rise as the winner in the war of Afghanistan, the US needs the aid of Islamabad for making their supply route clear. It only indicates that Washington and Islamabad are seeking for lasting settlement and peace and no side can afford the relationship to snap.