Saturday, April 02, 2005

India-China rivalry sharpens

It has become commonplace to compare India's and China's economic march in the belief that the two would spearhead global economic growth and help make the 21st century an Asian century. The comparisons inexorably pit India's services sector-driven growth and institutional stability, founded on pluralism, transparency and rule of the law, against China's resolute leadership, high savings rate, good infrastructure and manufacturing forte. Little noticed, however, is that globalization threatens China's autocracy, not India's democracy. Can India really work with Beijing to fashion a multipolar world when China strives to be the sole pole in Asia, so that it is free to limit U.S. influence, contain India, bully Taiwan, bring shame on Japan, divide ASEAN and make use of semi-failed states that serve as its clients, such as Pakistan, Myanmar and North Korea? China's rise is going to pose the single biggest challenge to world security in the years to come. Just as India bore the brunt of the rise of international terror because of its geographical location, it will be frontally affected by the growing power of an opaque, calculating empire next door.

India caucus opposes F-16s' sale to Pakistan

Two US legislators who co-chair the India Caucus have written to President George W Bush urging him to stop the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Gary Ackerman jointly sent the letter saying the sale could negatively affect US interests in the region. In the letter the two, "... urged the president to reconsider the sale of F-16s to Pakistan, as it would undermine the long-term interests of the US in South Asia."


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