India, Nov. 25 -- The incoming Joe Biden administration has chosen a foreign policy team of liberal internationalists in an era of hard-edged realism. The question for New Delhi is not whether they have knowledge or affection for India. There is an equilibrium in the India-United States (US) ties from which no administration will stray far. The question New Delhi needs to ask is whether the incoming Biden administration understands that the tenets of an earlier post-war global order increa-singly no longer hold true. And that the primary reason for this is a powerful and pugnacious China.

Mr Biden's senior-most appointments, Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security advisor, are drawn from the Obama admini...