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  1. Introduction.
  2. The rise of India.
  3. India and China: Ties between two Asian giants.
  4. India-United States closer relationship.
  5. India: A nuclear power sponsored by the United States.
  6. India: An American ally to balance China?
  7. Conclusion.
  8. References.

Since its independence and the end of the cold war, India has evolved considerably. Nowadays, India's power is rising like its influence on the international scene and the emergence of India as a major Asian power is a matter of fact. Indeed, thanks to diverse advantageous characteristics, India appears as an emerging superpower at the beginning of this 21st century (Wikipedia 2006). Its huge population over one billion citizens, its strategic geographical location, its rising economy and possession of rich natural resources give India the necessary dimension to play an important international role. Often compared to China in a least extent, India's economy has gradually and considerably grown over the past years. Its foreign relations have also improved and India is now closer to China even though disagreements still persist. But the most particular proximity is the one with the United States. Indeed, the India-United States relationship has been increasingly close in recent years. This essay aims to discuss the relationship between India and the United States and the recent closeness that characterises it. The first important point to make is the evaluation of India's rise. In fact, the country has been considerably transformed as its economic situation has highly risen and its foreign relations, with China for instance, improved. We will then focus on India's ties with the United States, and analyze the dimensions of that closeness. We will finally try to evaluate some of the factors explaining this closer India-United States relationship.

[...] Regarding the trade, as Ambrose mentions it, India has to keep in mind that of 2004, the value of its trade with other Asian nations surpassed that of exchange with the United States and Western Europe put together? (Ambrose 2006). This means that while China is currently the second largest export market to India, it might become the first one in the near future. India is the second most populous country in the world and with its rising growth, it is normal that India appear as a balance to China in Asia. [...]


[...] Consequently, the ties between India and the United States appeared to be considerably deteriorated at that point. However and surprisingly, this dissension between the two countries forced them to discuss and get together about the nuclear issue. After 1998, the United States implemented a non- proliferation dialogue with India, encouraging India to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (Wikipedia 2006). These discussions really improved the comprehension between the two countries until 2001, when sanctions on India were finally raised. In recent years, the United States and India have committed themselves to improve their ties and strengthen their relationship. [...]


[...] In fact, a closer relationship with the United States is profitable to India in order to become more influential on the international scene, for instance, and because being closer with the sole superpower is always a strategic choice. But what exact strategy is behind this closeness between the Unites States and India? The assessment of India as a nuclear power, the analysis of China as the major power in Asia, but also the rise of terrorism, should be some key elements in order to understand better this closer India-United States relationship. [...]

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