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[On Donald Trump Jr's unofficial tour to India to promote his family's real estate interests there]. By American standards, it's very unusual to have a presidential family member coming ostensibly on a business visit and talking about things that are not about business.
Deteriorating U.S.-Pakistan relations today, specifically frustrations in Washington with Pakistan’s inability and unwillingness to stem its support for terrorist groups, has opened up some opportunities for India...the biggest impact of all this has been psychological...Many in Pakistan believe they have a new form of support from Beijing, which has emboldened Islamabad in its engagements with both Washington and New Delhi. Whether there are substantive reasons for this newfound confidence remains to be seen.
[On the power struggle in the Maldives] President Yameen has been trying over the last few years to consolidate his political presence...India has been tentatively backing pro-democracy forces, but is also trying not to push him into the arms of the Chinese and the Saudis.
[On New Delhi hosting 10 leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the Republic Day parade.] India does not want an Asia that is dominated by China...And a big part of where that will be determined is Southeast Asia.
[On countering China’s growing influence with a Japan, Australia, US, India "Quad" during sidelines of ASEAN Summit] “Involving all four parties was seen as too provocative back then...So to do this on the sidelines of a major summit [now] is a significant break from the past.
Unmanned vehicles, like those whose sale has been proposed by the United States, would allow India to monitor activities in the region much better ... Clearly, there are concerns about the militarization of the Indian Ocean, including the increased presence of China's People's Liberation Army Navy.
[On U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit to India] There’s a lot of agreement between how the Trump administration sees things and how the government in India sees thing on larger strategic issues [such as China, North Korea and maritime security in the Indian Ocean region]...However, there is a bit of a mismatch between how both countries are looking at this visit...The US side will be looking at quick wins while on the Indian side, I think this is really about setting a good political tone between a new defense minister here and her American counterpart.
[On U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to India] China looms very large for both [India and the United States]...the strategic underpinning of India-US defense ties is in the common concerns they have over China, over its revisionism.