Wednesday, March 30, 2005

ASSESSMENT:India’s security fears hold sway when dealing with neighbours

We were under the illusion that the king’s actions were about fighting Maoists. India read out the riot act almost two weeks too late, and there is some evidence that India’s message was not as categorically received as India had hoped. The king is still reading too many caveats into our messages and apparently believes that India and the United States of America will not put maximum pressure for fear of sending him closer to China. India, at this juncture, has very little locus standi: even our ambassador can be sent away without an audience......More