Diplomatic tensions between India and Canada continue to escalate, with the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, issuing a statement calling for India’s cooperation in Canada’s investigation. While the recent statements from the U.S. government may be seen as aligning with Canada, experts believe that the U.S. is likely to maintain a distance from this dispute, considering the significance of India in its foreign policy.
Charles Meyers, founder of the American political consultancy firm Signal Global Advisors, emphasized the strategic importance of building closer ties with India to counterbalance China. According to Meyers, “We are doing everything to get closer to India. In that context, I don’t think the U.S. would want to get embroiled in this dispute (India-Canada).”
Previously, Michael Rubin, a defense and geopolitical expert at the Pentagon, also voiced support for India in the ongoing dispute. Rubin pointed out that Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the alleged Khalistani extremist who was killed in British Columbia on June 18th, was not an innocent man. He drew parallels between the actions taken by the U.S., such as the operations against Osama bin Laden and Qasem Soleimani, suggesting that India’s actions were not fundamentally different.
The current strain in India-Canada relations stems from the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a pro-Khalistani supporter, in British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of extraterritorial violence against a Canadian citizen and considered it a violation of sovereignty. Canada subsequently expelled an Indian diplomat, leading India to respond in kind.