By Invitation

Trump, Biden and South Asia through the Indo-Pacific lens

Will a Democrat president depart much from the present deepening engagement with the sub-continent as the US shifts its strategic focus from the continental to the maritime?

Next week's United States presidential election is being closely watched in South Asia. Senator Kamala Harris is certainly a draw as she could be the first American vice-president of Indian heritage should the Democrats win.

But the interest in the election outcome goes beyond Senator Harris' background. The ties that bind the US and South Asia have grown in recent years, in many varied ways. At one level, the Indian diaspora in America is being wooed with some intensity by both the Democrats and Republicans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2020, with the headline 'Trump, Biden and South Asia through the Indo-Pacific lens'. Print Edition | Subscribe