India must be cautious in dealing with US: Ex-Army chief Gen Bikram Singh : The Tribune India


Bombay, November 25

Former army chief General Bikram Singh has urged the government to exercise caution when dealing with the United States on strategic issues, saying the world’s most powerful nation has no until has not yet proven its reliability to its close allies.

He said that although India is a member of the Quad group, it should tread carefully when it comes to dealing with the United States, which has widened and deepened its ties with New Delhi in recent years.

The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, includes India, the United States, Japan and Australia.

“While it is good that we are part of the Quad (seen as a counterbalance to China in the Indo-Pacific region), it will be in our interest to act with caution with the United States, because Washington has not never made trustworthy in his relationships”. with one of its strategic and defense allies,” he told the SBI Banking & Economic conclave here Thursday night.

Further explaining his call for a cautious approach in strategic relations with Washington, General Singh, who was the chief of the 24th Army and served between May 31, 2012 and July 31, 2014, said: “The United States United first extricated themselves from Vietnam, then twice from Iraq, and recently from Afghanistan. We have to be very careful in our dealings with the United States.”

He argued that the United States had failed in all of its external military interventions and that a major reason for this was that Washington had outsourced its work to others.

The Quad began as a diplomatic network originally launched by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in early 2007 and later grew into a four-nation bloc. It aims to strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region.

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