I frankly find India much safer to trust than China. I dont see the provocations seen by India as I do by China. If I am wrong I am open to correction.
Russia expects them both to treat Russia with respect and Russia in turn will treat them with respect and wont piss on their shoes and tell them it is raining.
Normal countries don't provoke other countries and if their actions upset a neighbour they talk to them about it to sort things out... they don't escalate the situation... that is just stupid... that is what you do with an enemy you can't talk with.
China can be Indias enemy if India wants that and India can be Chinas enemy if China wants that, and that is easy but also very expensive and very dangeous... the US wants that... which tells you it is good for the US and bad for China and India.
How long before some Washington thinktank comes up with the brilliant realisation that the US LCS ships that are so useless they have already started scrapping them, would be ideal for India to build up a fleet quickly to contain China.
They can remove anything of value or interest from the ships and then sell them to India for top dollar and the super boats they were promised to be... but clearly are not... they can even use the old sales material to sell it.
As an American you probably see China as being more of a threat with likely rather more nukes and missiles than India has, but honestly I would say they mainly think that because with elections in India they get lots of chances all the time to pervert elections and get western friendly people into important positions within the structures of power in India... no such chances exist in China.
The west uses poor countries for cheap labour to make their stuff, but eventually they have to move on because wages and workers rights improve over time... the west has been doing this since WWII... Japan and West Germany were essentially slave labour just after the war and worked in factories built by the west which gave them power and control... how could they complain wages were not high enough?
But over time wages did improve so production was moved to other places while production in West Germany and Japan switched from cheap crap to quality... obviously things like optics and precision machinery remained intact and couldn't be brought in from outside those two countries because they had better standard stuff than the west did...
Countries like Singapore and Malaysia and most other Asian countries have been used for cheap labour and have built their societies around that investment, and have fared differently depending on how they took advantage at the time.
The Chinese government clearly made sensible moves that the country has massively benefitted from and therefore the people have benefitted as well, so even when the west pulls everything out of China they wont collapse or be seriously damaged, they have the momentum to keep growing.
I rather suspect India is sucking up to the US in particular because it wants to tread the same path China has just walked and don't want the west to go to Bangledesh instead... I can understand that of course, but if you look at Russias development over the last 20 years the west invested only in resources and energy that would make them a lot of money, so now they are leaving it will likely hurt the west more than it hurts Russia... Russia just needs to invest in the right things moving forward to prevent damage from the split with the west, but they have China and India and the rest of the world to work with... as does China and India... the west is not the only solution to a good life any more and that is why they are shitting themselves... they no longer control the path to a comfortable first world life...
Indians are great people. But I have also met so many Chinese people too who are also very great people and open to talking about any kind of issue and willing to work with you. Both have a lot in common but both hate each other.
There was a lot of hostility in Russia towards China too... and now they realise they are a hell of a lot more reliable and trustworthy than the Europeans and the west... They are not perfect, but they are not sending weapons to a war zone specifically to murder Russians and Russian soldiers... and nor is India.
Always got the feeling that China was a neighbour to Russia, but India was just a good customer for which they didn't otherwise know a lot about.
I suspect the deluge of western culture into Russia sidelined Russians learning about Chinese and Indian culture... I hope that changes, because most western culture and history is seriously edited by the west and most of it is easy to confirm bullshit... I mean right now Stalin was as bad as Hitler was in WWII in western history classes... and he was the worst Russian after Putin... despite being Georgian.
India can be a wonderful country, but they need to come to terms with themselves and see that the future of India isn't outside of India but internally.
Whether they let the US destroy them in a pointless arms race and possibly conflict with China, or wake up to what is going on before it is too late and trillions are wasted, their future is very promising... but like the EU... if they listen to the *Chinese whispers* from the US they will end up screwing themselves over and only the US will benefit from the chaos that ensues.
* note Chinese whispers is a western game where you get a ring of people preferably a large number like a classroom of kids and one person makes up a message and whispers it to the person on one side of them... the message is passed around the circle till it comes to the person who sent it who preferably has it written down. The message the person gets back is compared with the message sent.
The game has many other names like Whisper down the lane or Grapevine... in this context I thought the Chinese whispers name was ironic considering it is in fact the US hyping up what China does or does not say and does or does not do to India to provoke and conflict and hostility for the benefit of the US.
I notice online it mentions Chinese whispers is considered as racist by some, which is BS... there are a lot of Chinese New Zealanders, but most of the children spoke English anyway... often the smartest kids in school were Chinese here.
It isn't economics, it isn't its military. It is its social structure that is rotten to the core and needs to be fixed. Once it is fixed, they will be feared and also viewed favorably so long as it doesnt go to their heads. At that point, it would be in India's interest to not look for allies and joining big clubs, but to be a central roll for others to join. Until then, it really cannot be taken seriously.
The concept regarding BRICS is about independence of each member and a group of countries with no leader or agenda except free trade and helping each other country to develop and grow and settle differences.
There is no top dog and no leading country forcing other countries to support them or supply troops for this or that conflict.
For a country wanting to develop and grow the resources and technology and knowhow of Russia and China would be valuable and as they grow and develop they can share with other countries around them.
Ironic because you would think from the propaganda bullshit you get from the US that that is what they try to do but they do the opposite and shown clearly with how they treat the EU and Russia and China and any other region that shows independence... it crushes and turns them into zombie drones like the EU or it excommunicates them like Russia and next China.