Friday, April 25, 2008
Harding, Hedging and the Kober Challenge
As part of that discussion, Stanley Kober raised a question to the audience--and I'm taking advantage of the blog to spread his question further afield. He said that he was curious as to whether in the Chinese media there had been any major criticism either of India's continued military buildup or Russia's role as India's main supplier of advanced weaponry. TWR readers that may have any information or citations are urged to post links.
The interesting question this raises is whether Beijing sees India's buildup as directed primarily against China (and thus hostile) or whether, despite complications it may raise for China, whether it is seen as making India feel more independent and secure--and thus less likely to seek close relations with other major powers.