This survey comes amid heightened tension between India and China
- American people overwhelmingly back India over China
- Survey conducted by Australia-based think tank Lowy Institute
- US officials sympathetic to India should find ways to increase American public knowledge of China-India disputes and the importance of India as a strategic partner
New Delhi: Majority of Americans overwhelmingly backed India over China saying they prefer the US government to support New Delhi in case of a possible Indo-China military and economic conflict.
According to a survey by Australia-based think tank Lowy Institute which was published on The Interpreter explores US public views on potential military or economic strife between the two nuclear-armed countries.
The web survey was conducted on a sample of 1,012 American respondents on July 7 in which the respondents were randomly asked whether they will support the US aiding India, China, or neither side if both the countries were engaged in military or economic conflict.
Majority of people backed India
According to results published by the think tank, 63.6 per cent of respondents would have the US support neither India nor China if they were to engage in military conflict with each other, compared to 60.6 per cent regarding economic conflict with each other, ANI reported.
A majority of people backed India with 32.6 per cent respondents saying they would prefer that the US support India, as opposed to 3.8 per cent who preferred that the US support China.
For an economic conflict, 36.3 per cent of respondents preferred US support for India, while 3.1 per cent preferred the US support for China.
This survey comes amid heightened tension between India and China as troops of both countries are engaged in a military standoff since May.
The US has slammed China of taking “incredibly aggressive action” along the Line of Actual Control, saying Beijing had a pattern of instigating territorial disputes all over the globe.
India is an important strategic partner of the US
The think tank further said that China’s broader actions in the region which includes imposing draconian national security laws in Hong Kong could push Americans to have a more favourable view of India in any conflict.
“China’s broader actions in the region, especially as it thwarts democratic efforts in Hong Kong and pressures Taiwan, could similarly push Americans to have a more favourable view of India in any conflict,” the report said.
It further said that US officials who are sympathetic to India should work with Indian officials to find ways to increase American public knowledge of China-India disputes and to highlight the fact that India is an important strategic partner of the US.
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