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China Stokes U.S.-India Tensions Over Biden’s Slow Virus Aid

  • Biden had courted India as security partner to counter China
  • ‘Their closeness to each other is fragile and superficial’
Ambulances lined up at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi, on April 23.

Ambulances lined up at a crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi, on April 23.

Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

With the U.S. dragging its feet in offering India help to combat the world’s worst virus crisis, China is moving to drive a wedge between the democratic security partners.

In a barrage of editorials, political cartoons and social-media posts in recent days, the Communist Party-backed Global Times newspaper blasted the U.S. for failing to provide aid while calling on India to improve ties with Beijing. Highlighting the desperate situation in Delhi, where hospitals and crematoriums are overwhelmed, it suggested that India can’t rely on the U.S.