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Changing Times…

Nothing is Constant, but the Change!
Although this mantra has lost its importance due to multiple uses, it is still relevant… especially, in current Global Diplomacy. The constantly changing relations between different Countries and Group of Nations, and the rapid rearrangement of various diplomatic equations in the modern world are sensational, in a true sense. Naturally, India has decided to adjust its Foreign Policies in accordance to the changing global diplomatic landscape. In recent times, the South Asian nation has made some major changes in its policies for Europe!
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended G7 Summit in Biarritz (France) in August. And, he arrived in Russia in the second week of September. The Diplomatic World is well aware of the conflict between the two geo-political regions: Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific! India, because of its (strategic) geographical location, has strengthened its naval force in the Indo-Pacific region. At the same time, India has shown interests in the Eurasian region. The Modi Administration in New Delhi strongly feels that India can resolve the existing conflicts in this region with the help of France!

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PM Modi With President Macron

During his recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, French President Emmanuel Macron coined the term – ‘In-Fra’ – while stressing on the importance of bilateral ties. According to Political Experts, populism did not prompt President Macron to coin the new term, as he hinted that Paris would like to boost the presence of its Armed and Naval Forces in the Eurasian region with India’s support!
The main purpose of Indian External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s recent four-nation trip possibly was the same… to increase India’s influence in Europe by strengthening ties with European nations…

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Dr S Jaishankar

During his stay in Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw and Brussels, Dr Jaishankar tried his best to make it clear that his country eagerly wanted to work together with Russia, Hungary, Poland and Belgium in an attempt to boost mutual understanding in various sectors, including defence. After Morarji Desai’s visit to Poland in 1979 and Rajiv Gandhi’s trip to Hungary in 1988, no Indian Prime Minister arrived in those two countries. As far as the Indian foreign policy is concerned, Central Europe was neglected for nearly three decades! As their importance in Global Geo-Politics has increased, India and other world powers come closer to them. And, of course, they are trying to make this alliance as successful as possible.
Still, the importance of France is the most. Firstly, Paris is interested in strengthening ties with major world powers, like Japan, Australia and India, at a time when the US gets involved with China in a trade war. It may ultimately help France increase its influence in both Eurasia and in the Indo-Pacific region. On the other hand, the Sino-US trade war is badly affecting the Indian economy, just like other big economies. So, New Delhi is backing Paris’ efforts which can easily speed up the Global Trade System by including a country, like Japan, in this venture.
Secondly, India (like France) is eager to join a multilateral alliance initiated by Germany. This global activity will certainly serve the common interests, and not the national interest of a particular country. Nations, like Japan or Canada, are very much interested in joining a multilateral platform, where big powers – such as the US, Russia or China – are not present.

The German Chancellor with Modi & Macron

Thirdly, the poor leadership of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Brexit-bound Britain make it difficult for the global community to trust the Englishmen in the changing global geo-political landscape.
Therefore, the Indian PM’s visit to France is significant, keeping in mind the emergence of a New Europe! Experts believe that the ‘In-Fra’ ties will certainly have an impact on the future world order…

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