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Biden VP Kamala Harris’ uncle, to whom she has always been close, is G. Balachandran. He co-authored a chapter in a book, published this year (2021), by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), which is funded by India’s Ministry of Defence: “Part III: Economic Diplomacy and Challenges: 8. “US-China Trade War and its Impact on the Regional Relational Dynamics” by G Balachandran and Nivedita Kapoor pp. 157-182 in “Chinese Power: Trends in Engagement and Containment”, Editor Gaurav Misra. The editor is a serving officer of India’s Army. It is “The East Asia Strategic Review”, which is published yearly by the East Asia Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, India. https://web.archive.org/web/20210629021757/https://idsa.in/book/chinese-power-trends-in-engagement-and-containment
G. Balachandran featured in an IDSA webinar interview on December 29, 2020, even after his niece, Kamala, was generally considered US Vice President. G is for Gopalan, the surname of her mother and uncle Balachandran. His half-Mexican daughter, who lives in DC, and to whom Kamala is close, carries Balachandran as her last name, due to naming patterns.
The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) produces very interesting and good quality work. However, it is the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses of India, and not of the United States. Kamala Harris is supposed to be the Vice President of the United States, and not of India. It is funded by India’s Ministry of Defence and the editor of the book serves in India’s army. Most countries, like India, put their own national interests first, which is what countries are supposed to do!
Surely this has never happened before! The sitting Vice President of the United States’ uncle advising the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis of a foreign country (India) about the outlook of US foreign relations, (specifically US-China relations)! His co-author is a Russia expert: https://jnu.academia.edu/NiveditaKapoor “Nivedita Kapoor is a Junior Fellow with the Strategic Studies Programme at Observer Research Foundation. She tracks Russian foreign and domestic policy—and Eurasian strategic affairs. She completed her Ph.D (2015-20) from the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was an intern at MP-IDSA from November 2018-April 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20210629021757/https://idsa.in/book/chinese-power-trends-in-engagement-and-containment
No one in the USA seems to have noticed. One can be certain that China noticed. It’s in English, after all. There’s no excuse. Apparently Americans can’t read English, or are too lazy to do so, or someone would have noticed this. But, many Chinese can read English. India is in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with China and Russia. There is also Russia-India-China (RIC), according to the book intro. The book has been out since at least June 29, 2021, based on the archive. We don’t recall when we last did a search on the IDSA web site for his work.
The chapter, written by her uncle, is very sleep inducing, albeit potentially useful for research purposes. However, it ends with a prediction, “What does the future hold?” and concludes that “the future is not bright”!
Her uncle predicts that the sanctions-controls on individual Chinese will remain in place subsequent to the 2020 election. He writes that there is bipartisan support for these actions. According to him, whether there are more sanctions and controls is dependent upon China, especially China’s President Xi Jinping. Ominously, he and his co-author write “Given the escalating military confrontation of China with its neighbours in South China Sea and Himalayan region, the future is not bright.” (p. 179).
While this appears to be meaningless drivel, the fact that it is coming from the uncle of the sitting Vice President of the United States means that it may carry a lot of weight for China. Throughout Kamala’s childhood, her uncle seems to have played a sort of cross between older brother and surrogate father, after her parents separated. He’s the younger brother of her mother.
Her uncle is on record as bragging about India deceiving the United States government with its nuclear test in 1998: “It’s not a failure of the CIA,” said Indian nuclear researcher G. Balachandran. “It’s a matter of their intelligence being good, our deception being better.” See: “CIA searching for answers behind its India-Nuclear failure” Saturday, May 16, 1998 https://fas.org/irp/news/1998/05/may16_cia.html (Indian in this context means from India, not American Indian.) He is on record calling Russia India’s friend, after they invaded Crimea, too.
The book, “Chinese Power: Trends in Engagement and Containment”, Editor Gaurav Misra is found here: https://idsa.in/system/files/book/book_chiese-power-gmisra.pdf The introduction by the editor is very interesting though the chapter on US-China relations by G. Balachandran is sleep-inducing.