Aiming to quell the Dragon’s rise, Boris Johnson will be in India this April

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 23: Newly elected Conservative party leader Boris Johnson poses outside the Conservative Leadership Headquarters on July 23, 2019 in London, England. After a month of hustings, campaigning and televised debates the members of the UK’s Conservative and Unionist Party have voted for Boris Johnson to be their new leader and the country’s next Prime Minister, replacing Theresa May. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was supposed to come to India during the Republic Day, however the plan got deferred after UK started seeing Corona activity rise. If all falls in place Johnson could be in India sometime in April when he has proposed to come and visit the country.

As Boris Johnson heads to India in April, the idea of exploring opportunities between UK and India will be top priority. Johnson will also hold talks on ways and means to corner the growing might of the Dragon, given the challenge that it poses to India.

The visit of the British PM is highly significant given that this will be his first major international visit since Britain’s exit from the European Union. Britain is also keeping its eyes open on how best to expand its influence in the Indo-Pacific region while maintaining a bonhomie with the United States.

With China having fast turned into an eyesore for the UK and India, Johnson eyes targeting two birds with one stone. Interestingly U.K planning a stand against China also coincides with the recent Quad Summit where the quartet of India, America, Japan and Australia are already forging an alliance to corner China. Watchers call it the most notable global initiative since the end of the Cold War.

Among the sticky points that continue to bother both China and U.K are Hong Kong, the COVID -19 pandemic and Huawei being denied an active role in the UK’s 5G network. Furthermore there are also chances that the possible deployment of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will most likely increase military tensions in the South China Sea. An area where China wants to assert its authority.

 

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