exileCanadaOfIndiaSikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar was murdered near Vancouver, British Columbia in June. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau accused the Indian government of being involved in this matter on the 19th. New Delhi vehemently denied the allegation, calling it “ridiculous”, which led to a conflict that worsened relations between the two countries and led to each expelling a diplomat. Bloomberg News reported that the incident led to the United States the president got into troublebidenCaught between one of America’s closest allies and an increasingly important partner in countering China, it is a difficult situation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 19th denied that he was involved in the murder of exiled Sikh leader Nijal in Canada, calling the allegation “ridiculous”. Each country expelled a diplomat from the other country, and the Canadian government has not yet released any evidence.
The White House also responded cautiously. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said the government is deeply concerned and has called on India to cooperate with Canada’s investigation. A US official admitted that the matter became a headache for Biden. Right after Biden left India, US-India relations seemed to be on the right track. This incident could hamper the United States’ efforts to actively win over India to balance China.
Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at the US think tank Rand Corp, said the Biden administration is in a losing position. “If it goes along with Ottawa, New Delhi will be very dissatisfied and will then raise questions on Washington.” Loyalty. If it sides with New Delhi, the United States will be in conflict with its NATO allies.”
The report points out that the United States often finds itself in a dilemma. On the one hand, it must strive to protect human rights around the world, and on the other hand, it needs to continuously cooperate with governments accused of human rights violations. Protect your geopolitical interests. This has periodically led to tensions, such as the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in 2018.
Michael Kugelman, director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center, an American think tank, said that with respect to India, the United States and some of its allies face a long-term dilemma, that is, they are concerned about India’s democracy. Regression, but at the same time they want to ensure that it will not jeopardize relations with countries that they consider strategically important. “Honestly, I think Washington will remain silent.”
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