Tech Cooperation With India, Not China

The joint statement issued at the end of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on June 3 did not mention China as a mutual security concern. Direct references to conflict situations were limited to countering terrorism and restoring stability to Afghanistan. However, there was a difference in tone about certain issues that indicated that Washington sees New Delhi in friendlier terms than Beijing. One such issue is export controls on high-technology. At the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue meeting May 24-25, Beijing again demanded that America lift its export controls on the transfer of "dual use" items that could improve the weapons or other capabilities of the People's Liberation Army. The American response was non-committal, only promising a "reviewing by the U.S. government concerns raised by the Chinese government on export control issues." In contrast, the U.S.-India statement read, Minister Krishna and Secretary Clinton underlined the importance of...(Read Full Post)