An Indo-US agreement giving the two nations access to each other’s military bases across the world can cause strategic troubles for New Delhi and may not make it any more secure, Chinese state media warned on Tuesday.
The agreement does not extend ship ‘basing rights’ and gives access only to logistics such as fuel, for joint exercises and relief, humanitarian operations.
But bells of worry could be ringing in Beijing with nationalist Chinese tabloid Global Times putting out an editorial with a note of caution for India, hours after defence minister Manohar Parrikar and United States defence secretary Ashton Carter signed the Logistics exchange memorandum of agreement (LEMOA).
“This is undoubtedly a leap forward in US-India military cooperation. US media highly applauded this deal, with Forbes hailing it as a ‘war pact’ and believing that India is shifting away from Russia, its Cold War ally, toward a new alliance with the US,” the editorial said.
But it is not good for Sino-India relations or relations between India and other countries in the region, it said.
“If India hastily joins the US alliance system, it may irritate China, Pakistan or even Russia. It may not make India feel safer, but will bring strategic troubles to itself and make itself a centre of geopolitical rivalries in Asia,” the commentary warned.