Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Watch out world: China and India could be friends, rivals or enemies

Yet much as one might hope that Sino-Indian meetings were something like a graduate seminar on development economics, it's plain that the two nations could one day end up as rivals. After all, they have been before: in 1962, China humiliated India in a border war, and that still rankles. Sun Shihai, a specialist on Sino-Indian relations at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, notes that although there has been a general rapprochement between New Delhi and Beijing since the 1980s, questions over the border continue to be an irritant. And in the future, the two nations' rapacious demand for energy will almost certainly involve them in contests for influence in such resource-rich states as Bangladesh and Burma............More