In the wake of Modi's announcement of Indo-US security partnership, there are now a spate of articles appearing, proposing how India and the US could collaborate on the South China Sea
Given the obvious security angle for containment of China, I've noticed a number of Chinese nationalist commentators on the internet going beyond their usual sneering at India to quickly remind everyone that India is dependent on China for its water supply. Clearly, word seems to have spread quite fast among Chinese that their govt can use the threat of water strangulation to coercively deal with India, even if they don't wish to go for outright war. What counter-strategy India would formulate to deal with such a potential tactic remains to be seen (however, I'm sure that if any such event comes to pass, our treacherous Left will be shrieking that Modi brought a water crisis upon India). India needs to discuss its water security predicament with the USA, in order to get some help on this issue. While the US was able to use the World Bank to act as a guarantor for Pakistan's water supply from India via the Indus Waters Treaty, the Americans have given no regard at all on how India is supposed to secure its water rights as a lower riparian state from China. If their island-building capacity is intimidating to island nations, their river-damming capability would be even more so to India.
Meanwhile, China appears to be stepping up its attempts to acquire US jet engine technology, at least trying to stockpile US jet engines: