As such, the incoming Biden presidency is bound to deal with a domestic America that is more polarised than ever before, and a foreign environment, which seems least conducive to the promotion and protection of America’s interest. Trump’s presidential style and his call for ‘America First’ translated to testy relationships with America’s allies, and his refusal to gracefully accept the loss to Biden in the presidential election has clearly dented the image of American democracy abroad. Therefore, at home and abroad, the task is cut out for President Joe Biden and his team. However, when it comes to moving ahead to America’s stable relationship with India, and the partnership that is emerging in the Indo-Pacific, the Biden administration will be playing on relatively stronger grounds. The strategic convergence between India and the United States that has been built in the last two decades has proven strong enough to withstand the change of administrations in both New Delhi and Washington. This trend is likely to continue as the new Biden administration takes charge in the United States.
The aggressive turn in China’s behaviour in recent times, and the downturn in China’s relationship with both India and the United States, has created a stronger imperative to broaden and deepen the extent of the India-US strategic partnership. The most significant aspect of this partnership has been the robust defence and security relations that has had political support from both New Delhi and Washington, through different administrations. From entering into a defence framework agreement to designating India as a major defence partner of the United States, the two countries have indeed engaged in an outcome-based relationship in this aspect. In the context of the convergent idea of building a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and countering unilateral activities in the region, the militaries of the two democracies have increased the sophistication of their interoperability exercises in the air, land and sea domains.
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