Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared during an interview with the Great Game program on TV Channel One on March 20, 2023 that the West is hell-bent on pitting China and India against each other. By contrast, Lavrov noted that Russia aims to facilitate dialogue between China and India to help sort out any bilateral issues they have.
“We proceed from the fact that the more they (India and China) communicate, the more useful it is for everyone and the better for these two great powers, two great civilizations and the settlement of all their problems,” he stated. “In the meantime, the West takes a completely opposite position. It pursues directly opposite aims – to set India against China. Our Indian friends understand this very well. They have been telling us frankly that they see these attempts. They see the true aims that NATO is pursuing by declaring that its zone of responsibility spreads not only to the Euro-Atlantic, but the Indo-Pacific Region as well.”
Lavrov called attention to how “NATO is now penetrating this part of the world by hook or by crook.”
The Russian foreign minister believed that the AUKUS military alliance — made up of Australia, United Kingdom, & United States — is a Western battering ram designed to destabilize the Indo-Pacific region. Lavrov believes that AUKUS will likely incorporate Japan and South Korea into its fold. Lavrov asserted that there are plots to drive a wedge among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member nations. The Russian foreign minister claims that US geopolitical strategists have “singled out” five countries that “will be more pliable to such calls.”
With regards to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, of which India is a member of in addition to Australia, the US, and Japan, Lavrov claims that his Indian colleagues, when talking about the security bloc, said that they had agreed to join QUAD “exclusively for the implementation of economic projects.”
“All these moves are accompanied – and the United States does not make a secret of this – by attempts to persuade India to join anti-Russian sanctions and not to provide Russia with any opportunity to use Indian resources and Indian logistics to bypass Western sanctions, but India does not agree to this,” Lavrov conclude.
Indeed, the US is going to try to use divide and rule in Asia once it pivots to the region. The goal is to have India and China engage in a protracted struggle where they bleed each other out. Once the smoke settles from such a conflict, both countries will be greatly weakened while the US remains unscathed and in an enviable position to maintain primacy in that region.
While China and India have tense relations, they have been able to settle their disputes in a responsible manner without destabilizing third parties such as the US in the picture.
If diplomats in both countries were smart, they would do everything possible to keep the US away from sensitive negotiations. The US is a chaos agent through and through.