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It’s The Economy, Cupid

The spectre of China ought to be dispelled the prospect of business

It’s The Economy, Cupid
Varying Khadi | Photograph by PTI
It’s The Economy, Cupid
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2016-10-21T17:04:49+05:30

During a brief stopover in New Delhi in 1959, Ayub Khan had made a suggestion to Jawaharlal Nehru that might now sound strange to most Indians and Pakistanis. Ayub wanted Nehru to cooperate with him in dealing with the likely threat that a Communist China would pose to the reg­ion. Predictably, the proposal was rej­ected by a Nehru reluctant to gang up with a country close to the US at the height of the Cold War, against a fellow member of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The relatively unknown episode, however, gathers ironic salience in today’s context as strained Indo-Pakistan relations seem to have become one of the major impediments in realising India-China relations to its full potential.

Sections in India have been wary of China’s intentions since 1962, when the countries went to war over their disputed boundary. But a deeper sense of antagonism has emerged following successive moves by China to shelter Pakistan in international fora, especially when India is trying to isolate it for continuing to use terror as a tool of state...

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