"Trump may walk back on many things," said Raja Mohan, a former member of India's National Security Advisory Board.
Mahapatra, a professor of US and Latin American studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, agreed. "With such huge American investment in China, Trump cannot possibly engage China in a 'trade war' as he claims," he said.
Sam Solomon, a US citizen and a Fulbright-Nehru research fellow said the direction of the foreign policy is also influenced by a president's personality to an extent. Citing an example, he said it was Barack Obama who personally took an interestin climate change as a serious global problem and pushed for its solution. "I feel that the Republican rhetoric about Islamic State is more of rhetoric than policy. Trump, if he wins the election, may get a bit tougher on immigration laws, but he cannot possibly bar all Muslims from entering US or erect a wall at the Mexican border," Solomon said. About Republicans' stress on limiting the US army's presence in the Middle East and south Asia, Raja Mohan said it has already started under Obama and would only be carried forward by the coming president.
"The phase that started in the late 1980s when Americans were believed to go to any place in the world and pay any price to protect their interests is going to end. Or at least there should be some retrenchment in military interventions," Raja Mohan said.