Though the US did not back India's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit, the Bush Administration will sooner or later support the country since it has emerged as an "integral part" of American policy in Asia, the Chinese state media said today.
"While Singh has got most of what the Indian Government wants from the White House, he failed to secure support from the Bush administration for its bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council," the official Xinhua news agency said.
"... but his three-day visit is significant as he has tightened the ties between India and the United States," it said.
At the same time, Xinhua noted that former US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill, said last week he was optimistic about the development of a strategic relationship between his country and India.
By the time, President George W Bush leaves office, the United States will have helped India secure a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Xinhua quoted Blackwill as saying.
"It may be premature for Blackwill to make such remarks. But he did send a veiled message that Washington, regarding India as an important strategic partner in South Asia, might, sooner or later, help New Delhi to fulfill its UN aspiration," Xinhua said.
Interestingly, China, which is working all out against the G-4 resolution on UN reforms, says it will not be an obstacle to India's UNSC bid.
Quoting unnamed analysts, Xinhua said the visit by a top leader from an important South Asian country also serves the US interests.
"What you're going to see, I think, is moving beyond just a bilateral relationship between the United States and India dealing with bilateral problems and more the United States and India in partnership dealing together with global issues," it quoted a senior US Government official, who asked not to be identified, as saying.
"Their relationship has been constantly upgraded from one of rivalry to friendly cooperation and from the close partnership to the strategic partnership," Xinhua said.
After entering the 21st century, the US-Indian strategic partnership features mostly in their military cooperation, it noted. Since 2001, the two countries have held at least two joint military exercises.
In addition to the signing of a 10-year agreement last month, which paves the way for joint weapons production, cooperation on missile defence and a possible lifting of US export controls for sensitive military technologies, the United States and India have also launched talks on energy cooperation, including the use of civilian nuclear power.
"Analysts believe India has become an integral part of the US strategy in Asia," the Xinhua article concluded.
China had yesterday given a guarded response on the growing India-US relations.
"We hope the US-India cooperation concerned will be conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the Asian region," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Kong Quan had said when asked to comment on Singh's visit to the US.