Drew Thompson, a close associate of pro-China advocate Charles Freeman, has been appointed the Pentagon's key official for managing China and Taiwan affairs. Thompson was rejected for a senior intelligence post in the Obama administration because of statements defending China's military crackdown on unarmed protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. He wrote an article with Freeman's daughter Carla for the Center for the National Interest in April called "China on the Edge: China's Border Provinces and China's Security Policy," that called for the U.S. not to defend its allies and friends in border and territory disputes with China and to diminish US interests in promoting human rights.
For last six years India has been engaging Washington in the hope of establishing a strategic alliance between the two. The term “strategic alliance” is in itself an oxymoron.
The flexibility of the American function of “alliance” is highly unpredictable, so aptly demonstrated in its application vis-à-vis its ‘war on terror’ wherein it feels free to bomb Pakistan, which has been granted MNNA status. Nevertheless, in the evolving global economic milieu it makes sense for India to establish some “mutually beneficial arrangements,” with the US. In proceeding down this path it would be prudent for South Block to keep in mind this development wherein the likes of Drew Thompson, who advocate that "The U.S. needs to avoid becoming entangled in maritime and land border disputes, whether vast tracts of mountains claimed by China and India,” would be providing important inputs for the Pentagon’s team for its interaction with India during future Defence Strategic Dialogues.