WASHINGTON: It is in the US' interest to advance growth of India's power by supporting its candidature as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and accepting it as a nuclear State, a leading expert on US-South Asian relations has said.
US should provide advanced nuclear power technology besides increasing military and economic cooperation with India, including setting the goal of eventual free trade, Mr Ashley J Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and former adviser to then US Ambassador to India, Mr Robert Blackwill, said.
Mr Tellis' latest book 'India as a new global power - an action agenda for the US' is an in-depth strategy report for US-India relations. The book proposes the transformation of relations between the US and India with major implications for the future b alance of power in Asia.
Mr Tellis said that the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, to the US provided an excellent opportunity to take the NSSP (next steps in strategic partnership) several steps forward.
The US President, Mr George W Bush, has embarked on a course of action that would permit India more access to controlled technologies even though New Delhi did not surrender its nuclear weapon programme, refused to accede to the principal benchmarks laid down by the Clinton Administration, and subsisted in its position formally outside the global non-proliferation regime, said Mr Tellis. - PTI