If a $60,000-per-capita society feels it needs to look after itself … they should not expect a $2,000-per-capita society to take a hit: NYT

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/12/31/world/asia/india-ukraine-russia.amp.html

CarrZee: The legacy for behavior displayed by the US and Europe is global recklessness and selfishness.

Global collaboration seems more distant than ever in 2023.

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Grinding trench warfare on European soil seems the distant affair of others. Its economic cost feels immediate and palpable.

“Since February, Europe has imported six times the fossil fuel energy from Russia that India has done,” Mr. Jaishankar [India’s foreign minister] said. “So if a $60,000-per-capita society feels it needs to look after itself, and I accept that as legitimate, they should not expect a $2,000-per-capita society to take a hit.”

Here comes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s India, pursuing its own interests with a new assertiveness, throwing off any sense of inferiority and rejecting unalloyed alignment with the West. But which India will strut the 21st-century global stage, and how will its influence be felt?

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