From UPI Asia Online:
When the Congress Party took over the governance of India in 2004 with the support of India’s two major communist parties, Beijing had hoped for a policy more attentive to Chinese interests. After all, Congress President Sonia Gandhi was known to be an “old friend,” and the Communists were even more deferential toward Chinese interests than they were toward Indian.
Three years on, optimism has faded. Recognition has arrived that India may indeed be on the threshold of a transformational relationship, not with China but with the United States — a country that has a finite chance of going to war with Beijing over Taiwan. [Full Text]
Professor M.D. Nalapat is vice-chair of the Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair, and professor of geopolitics at Manipal University.