Dr Anthony Bergin, Dr David Brewster and Professor Rory Medcalf.
Any simple narrative that the Trump Presidency is bad for Asia, and that Asians universally think so, faces an awkwardly large stumbling block: India. The fact is, India’s strategic elite takes a pragmatic view of Donald Trump and of their country’s strategic partnership with the United States. In terms of a rising India’s interests, what they see is not all bad.
India overwhelmingly sees its security problems as relating to terrorism, Pakistan and China, and looks to the United States to strengthen its hand in managing them. Indians see, under Trump, a United States fixated on great power politics, on jihadist terrorism and on transactional international relations.
They see none of the righteous US-led multilateralism of which India has fallen foul in the past on nuclear non-proliferation or climate change. Certainly, there are potential downsides to watch for, such as a possible mishandling of US-China relations or Indians being unduly affected by US restrictions on skilled migration. But on balance, Modi’s India seems to calculate it can do quite well out of Trump’s America.