China threat means US-India partnership must grow

Two years ago, in below freezing temperatures and under the cover of darkness, Chinese soldiers crept through the high-altitude Galwan Valley.
Armed with homemade weapons, including iron rods studded with spikes and wooden clubs wrapped with barbed wire, they attacked a contingent of Indian soldiers.
When the brutal melee was over, 20 Indian soldiers had been killed and, according to Indian media, over 40 Chinese PLA soldiers were dead.
Though China has never officially released the number of its casualties, the event is considered to be the deadliest clash between the two nuclear neighbors since 1975.
In the aftermath of the attack, New Delhi issued an array of reprisals, including banning Chinese apps from the Indian app store.
With India rapidly approaching 1 billion smartphone users, it was a significant blow to the Chinese tech community.
It also served as a savvy national security move as it eroded China’s ability to mine the personal and biometric data of India’s citizens.
BLAME BIDEN'S RECKLESS WAFFLING OVER PELOSI'S TAIWAN TRIP FOR CREATING AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTIndia, as the world’s largest democracy, is a natural ally for the United States, the world’s oldest.
From our supply chain (which is far too dependent on China) to military cooperation, there is much America can benefit from a formal alliance with India.
In fact, as Chinese economic and military expansionism continues to grow, now is the time to move beyond the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue of Australia, India, Japan and the United States, to a more robust, official organization.
As the Chinese proverb says, "An inch of time is an inch of gold, but an inch of time cannot be purchased for an inch of gold."
As the Indian proverb says, "Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work."