The India–US–China triangle from New Delhi: overcoming the “hesitations of history”

Harsh V. Pant*

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With the focus of global politics shifting to the Indo-Pacific and the maritime domain becoming the new theater of global power politics, the triangular relationship between India, the US, and China needs a fresh evaluation. This article examines the evolution of the India-US-China triangle since the end of the Cold War from the perspective of New Delhi. It argues that a combination of structural and domestic political variables has led to a significant shift from a soft balancing approach by China and India vis-à-vis the US to a more robust limited hard balancing by India and the US vis-à-vis China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-406
Number of pages21
JournalIndia Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019


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