Indian Air Force planes performing at the opening of the Aero India 2007 air show at Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore on Wednesday. The air show is more than just a commercial push: It is also a chance for the United States to decipher what kind of partner India will be. (Aijaz Rahi/The Associated Press)
From The International Herald Tribune:
A question hovers over the United States’ blooming friendship with India: How good a friend will India be should it emerge as a great power?
Will it be a Britain ” a loyal ally, a partner against terrorism, a fellow evangelist for free markets and democracy? Or will it be France ” sharing Washington’s bedrock values but ever willing to pursue its own interests at the expense of American ones?
Or will it be China ” a competitive threat to the U.S. economy, using its influence to thwart American diplomatic pressure on nations like Sudan and Iran? [Full Text]