NEW DELHI/BERLIN (Own report) – Berlin seeks to use Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s current visit to Germany to strengthen India’s ties to the western camp in the West’s struggle for global influence against Russia and China. Years ago, the Federal Republic of Germany had established a “Strategic Partnership” with this Southern Asian nation. This partnership will now to be reinforced, particularly at the economic level. Recently, New Delhi has expanded not only its cooperation with some of the western countries, but above all, it has strengthened its ties to Russia and China. India does not participate in the west-imposed sanctions on Moscow, but does participate in the foundation of global institutions – including the BRICS-Development Bank as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) – opposing the existing western hegemony. Western strategists’ plans of pitting New Delhi against Beijing, to insure western global hegemony, have been unsuccessful so far. Berlin now seeks to relaunch the effort.
Jointly Against China?
During his first year of incumbency, Modis’ foreign policy only partially complied with western aspirations. For years, western strategists have been trying to use the traditional rivalries between the two Asian powers, India and China, more or less to pit New Delhi against Beijing. Their efforts appeared to be bearing fruit, when the new Indian Prime Minister concluded comprehensive agreements with the government leaders of Japan and Australia in late summer 2014. With Tokyo, Modi agreed on intensifying cooperation in foreign and military policy and, particularly, on holding joint naval maneuvers designed to control Asian maritime routes. With the Australian Prime Minister, he also agreed to organize joint maritime war exercises. A visit to India by US President Barack Obama, in late January of this year, attracted worldwide attention. Obama was received in New Delhi on “Republic Day,” one of the three Indian national holidays. Both sides agreed to intensify significantly their economic cooperation as well as cooperation in the nuclear and arms industries. US observers were already speculating that the 2007 “quadrilateral security dialogue” may be resumed. At the time, the USA, Japan, Australia and India had launched close military cooperation and joint military exercises in the Bay of Bengal. However, the project was buried after less than two years.
Against Western Hegemony
Their close and effective collaboration within other frameworks is also very conducive to the bilateral cooperation between India and China. Last July, the BRICS countries  launched their New Development Bank and monetary fund – as a counter model to the Western dominated and hegemonic institutions, World Bank and IMF. The upcoming BRICS summit scheduled to be held in Russia on July 9th and 10th, will most likely nominate an Indian to become the first President of their new Development Bank. India also has observer status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security alliance including Russia, China and four other Central Asian countries. The SCO plans to decide on more extensive global activities at its upcoming summit – also to be held in Russia on July 9th and 10th. Finally, India is participating in the establishment of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is planning to finance projects in Central and Southeast Asia – also in competition to the World Bank. Germany is participating in the establishment of AIIB, to keep from being completely excluded from this development.
Berlin seeks to use the Indian Prime Minister’s visit in Germany to strengthen New Delhi’s ties to the West. Already in Mai 2000, both countries had signed an “Agenda for Indo-German Partnership in the 21st Century.” In April 2006, a “Joint Statement” was signed on the “Strategic Partnership” between Germany and India. Since 2011, Berlin and New Delhi have been holding regular intergovernmental consultations. This is a “new quality,” declared Berlin’s ambassador in New Delhi. India is “one of only three non-European countries, with which Germany maintains such comprehensive consultations.” Whether Germany or the other Western countries will succeed in binding India tighter to the West through an expansion of cooperation, thereby, driving a wedge between New Delhi, on the one hand, and Moscow and Beijing, on the other, is an important question of international relations for years and decades to come. This is the subject of Berlin’s current negotiations with the Indian Prime Minister.