Det spekuleres i om valget av Narendra Modi kan bety at de etableres en akse mellom Moskva, New Delhi og Beijing, som en motvekt til USA og EU.

Det er mange grunner til en slik aksje. Motivene og interessene varierer, men de motsetter seg alle amerikansk dominans, eller stoler ikke på USAs hensikter.

Welcome then to the new club-within-a-club, the RICs. It is not the veteran Axis of Evil, nor is it a military alliance, but it is committed to subverting US hegemonic power as surely as any Bond villain. The RICs may lack the military might of the US but they certainly believe in the efficacy of hard power. Chinese army manpower is one and a half times that of the US; India’s highly efficient army is about the size of America’s. Both have only a fraction of US resources but are closing the gap. Russia is in the midst of a $720 billion military modernisation programme.

A great chunk of the global arms trade is conducted across these three countries. They are bound, too, by a fear of radical Islam and by the need to strike new strategically sensitive energy balances. China plans 86 nuclear power plants. Russia plans 41; India 28. US withdrawal from Afghanistan has opened up the way for the RIC states. They are becoming a natural magnet for countries such as Iran (whose defence minister was recently spotted in Moscow).

Roger Boyes i the times