The Left parties in India on Sunday got a shot in the arm in their opposition to the strategic tie-up with the United States, with an American communist leader saying Washington's plan for Asia was to "pit one country against another" and isolate China.
Describing the Bush Administration as a "destabilising factor" in the "world polity", Communist Party of USA's leader Terrie Albano said "we have no illusion what they want to do with the Indo-US nuclear deal. They want to bind India into a long-term coalition for them which they can use against another country."
In an interview to PTI on the sidelines of the 19th Congress of CPI(M) in Coimbatore, she said "they (Bush Administration) have an overall strategic plan for Asia. They will try to pit one country against the other and, in particular, isolate China".
Albano, who is a member of the National Board of the US Communist Party, supported the CPI(M)'s stand that the independence of India's foreign policy would be adversely affected through a strategic tie-up with the US and said "this independent stand of India has been a stabilising factor" in the South Asian sub-continent.
"The Bush Administration is a destabilising factor in the world polity. This has been reflected in their military invasion of Iraq and their support for Israel which has been carrying out the massacre of the Palestinian people, especially women and children, in the Gaza strip," she said.
However, she supported India's need for energy, including nuclear power, but made it clear that the US "military-industrial complex" was supporting the American government for the policies it was pursuing like opposing the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.