India is not lacking for suitors these days. At the same time it was announced that Russia is preparing to develop a hypersonic cruise missile with India, China’s courtship of the emerging power was in full view at this week’s BRICS meeting in the Indian capital. Perturbed by the success of Obama’s “pivot” to Asia and the eagerness of many of its neighbors to accept a stronger US presence, Beijing is seeking to deepen ties with India. After Chinese President Hu Jintao met with India’s Prime Minister in New Delhi on Thursday, The Hindu reported that:
China on Friday said it welcomed commitments made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during talks on Thursday that India would neither participate in any “containment strategy” aimed at China nor allow anti-China activities by exiled Tibetans.In a reflection of what Beijing views as among the two more delicate issues facing the bilateral relationship with New Delhi – India’s ties with the U.S. and Tibet – the Chinese Foreign Ministry highlighted Dr. Singh’s comments as suggesting an increase in political trust between the neighbours.
These words were mostly empty on both sides and nothing concrete appears to have emerged from these discussions. Nevertheless, arms talks with Russia and the political dialog with China underline India’s role as a major player in the Game of Thrones. Few nations will shape the direction of the 21st century more than India and few geopolitical relationships matter more than the one between the two Asian giants, but Americans by and large know almost nothing about India or about the dynamics that shape its relations with China — and the US.Via Meadia recommendation: watch India closely. Hopefully in time the mainstream press will catch up to new realities and shift its attention from other less important places in the world to places like Delhi where the future is being made. In the meantime, Via Meadia will do what we can to keep readers posted on the Game of Thrones.