The primary cause for the emerging triple axis including China, Pakistan, and Russia in South Asia has been to curtail the Indo-US extended political, economic, and military connections.
India in the post-Cold War era tilted significantly toward the West. The move which has been equally ostracized by the triumvirate. Hence, in reprisal, Russia’s recent rapprochement with the duo further solidified the Sino-Pak geostrategic bond.
India’s wide-ranging collaboration with the US, primarily in the post-civil nuclear deal, led to the budding fusion of three atomic powers. Under such circumstances, the region has been enticing the major global powers and latterly various extra-regional players exhibited profound interests in the entire South Asia.
Therefore, under the formation of power blocks, a new geopolitical great game has been emerging in the region. India, the leading South Asian player, therefore, has been facing an extremely problematic situation while making a balancing choice amongst the two hostile powers, China and the US.
Against this backdrop, the study will primarily focus on the rise of South Asian Triple Axis and its possible consequences upon the rising Indo-US strategic leverage.
Perspective written by:
1. Parvaiz Ahmad Thoker, PhD Research Scholar Centre for South and Central Asian Studies, School of Global Relations, Central University of Punjab, India.
2. Bawa Singh, Assistant Professor, Centre for South and Central Asian Studies, School of Global Relations, Central University of Punjab, India.