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India's International Oil Ties Risk U.S. Displeasure

Pramit Mitra International Herald Tribune
Thursday, April 7, 2005

The quest for energy

WASHINGTON Latin America hasn't always figured highly on India's diplomatic agenda. But the recent visit to New Delhi by Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela - the first such trip by a Venezuelan leader - is seen as crucial for both countries. Steady economic growth over the past decade has caused a sharp spike in India's energy requirements. As a result, Indian diplomats are looking beyond the Middle East to diversify oil supplies. This quest for securing energy could reshape South Asia's geopolitical landscape and affect India's diplomatic relations, particularly with the United States.

Already sixth in global petroleum demand, India meets 70 percent of its needs through crude oil imports. By 2010, India should replace South Korea to emerge as the world's fourth-largest energy consumer, after the United States, China and Japan.

As a result, the Indian government is investing heavily to secure supplies from abroad. In addition to Russia, Latin America and the Middle East, Indian oil companies are looking to Africa - Chad, Niger, Ghana and Congo in particular - for oil and gas fields. The thirst for energy has also pushed India to adopt a more pragmatic approach with her close neighbors, collaborating in various ways not only with China, but even Pakistan. After years of expressing reservations, policy makers in New Delhi have indicated their consideration of a proposal for a pipeline from Iran to India, via Pakistan, which could bind the two rivals economically.

Indian authorities have indicated that they are also not hesitant in seeking deals with pariah states. In Sudan, India has invested $750 million for the 25 percent stake in the Greater Nile Oil Project previously held by Talisman Energy of Canada. Talisman was forced to quit Sudan after it came under pressure from human rights organizations over the issue of Darfur. Closer to home, India has reached an agreement with Myanmar's junta for the construction of a gas pipeline.

Forging alliances with oil-producing countries comes with its own risks, since these states are often in conflict with the United States over human rights or nonproliferation issues. Washington will probably tolerate India's alliances with nations like Sudan and Myanmar - and with Chávez's Venezuela, which has bitter relations with the United States - as long they remain strictly trade-focused. Anything further will invite U.S. displeasure and possibly strain relations between the two countries.

India's growing ties with Iran, however, raise a number of interesting questions, given India's good relations with Israel and the United States. Washington has in fact already expressed its displeasure at New Delhi's newfound friendship with the regime in Tehran. Still, by far India's biggest success overseas has been in Iran, where in January the state-run Indian Oil Corp. reached an agreement with the Iranian firm Petropars to develop a gas block in the gigantic South Pars gas field, home to the world's largest reserves. India is cooperating with President Mohammad Khatami's government to secure Gulf sea lanes and formulate a common Central Asian strategy. India is also helping Iran to develop its Chahbahar port, as well as several infrastructure projects.

Indian policy makers tend to play down military relations with Iran, but New Delhi's strategic relations with Tehran do have worrisome components for the United States. According to a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Iran sought India's help in developing submarine batteries that are more suitable for the warm waters of the Gulf than those supplied by Russia. Washington and Tel Aviv are concerned about the power-projection capability the submarines offer Iran.

On the nuclear issue, India is very careful to keep its distance from Iran for fear of upsetting foreign- policy hawks in Washington, though it has claimed it has helped Tehran with generating nuclear energy. Israel is also keeping a cautious eye on this budding relationship and will probably remain quiet - as long as the connection does not become overtly military in nature.

The growing economic ties between India and Iran are moving in the opposite direction from Washington's continuing efforts to isolate the Tehran regime. India and the United State have already agreed to identify ways to cooperate in preventing the further spread of nuclear technology. But signing long-term deals with Iran would make it hard for India to oppose Iran if the matter came up to the United Nations for sanction.

India's long-term strategic interest is better served by maintaining and improving upon its good relations with the United States, which will be a crucial source of capital and technology and a potential ally should relations with China turn sour. These requirements will force Indian diplomats to carefully craft these nascent oil alliances and resist providing any military support.

(Pramit Mitra is a research associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. This article is adapted with permission from YaleGlobal Online (

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