Skip to comments.India and China agree to form partnership
Posted on 04/11/2005 4:45:11 AM PDT by Jeff Head
NEW DELHI - India and China, the world's two most populous countries, agreed on Monday to create a "strategic partnership" in an effort to end their longstanding border dispute and boost trade and economic cooperation.
The agreement signaled a significant shift in relations between the two Asian giants after decades of mutual distrust and suspicion.
"India and China can together reshape the world order," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said after a welcome ceremony for his Chinese counterpart, Premier Wen Jiabao, at India's presidential palace.
Together the two nations account for one-third the world's population.
The statement announcing the partnership was signed by both premiers and said the agreement would promote diplomatic relations, economic ties and contribute to the two nations "jointly addressing global challenges and threats."
India-China relations have "acquired a global and strategic character," it said.
"The leaders of the two countries have therefore agreed to establish an India-China strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity," the statement said.
We'd (the US) best get much more serious about courting India IMHO.
Jeff, I need to borrow that crystal ball of yours.
The fact that we may have missed the boat on India is shameful - no, nearly criminal negligence. All for a few al Qaida in custody by Pakistan.
Nobody thought Stalin and Hitler would get together at the start of WWII like they did...yet they did and until Germany conducted Operation Barbarosa, it drove our military and political planners crazy. This would have the same effect, particularly if it grew into something more.
Wish I could get into Condi's head.....
"Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, left, and India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shake hands during their talks in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 11, 2005. Indian and Chinese leaders Monday agreed to a strategic partnership between the two emerging Asian giants, sealing it with accords aimed at ending a long-standing border dispute and boosting bilateral trade and economic cooperation. "
Try and read the article, the two foreign ministers are holding up the document. I am afraid that this economic partnership is more than hype...disbelief aside.
Not as crazy as it drove the British and French at the time.
I hope we haven't missed it yet. We need to make sure that we counter these economic agreements with stronger ones of our own, and then get MUCH closer to them (India) militarily IMHO.
Amen to that...without that other front, D-Day would have been almost impossible.
Well I am off to work and a three-day business trip...if it comes off...will check back on this on Wednesday evening if I go. Otherwise, later today.
I guess you could say that. One wonders how long Britain could have held out if Hitler had focused on knocking them out before turning on Stalin.
But several million men were thrown at Russia...if he'd taken two million of those and applied them in the west...who knows?
I'm glad the maniac split his efforts. It let us beat him all the quicker...and that was a tough nut as it was.
Curiously, some former Indian officials and diplomats I spoke to were exceedingly suspicious of China. Their view was that China has always tried to constrain India by proppoing up Pakistan wil nuclear and missile sales. But they feel that given their geographical location, it would be stupid not to take advantage of it for trade.
To paraphrase what one Indian diplomat told me recently - "In essence, the US and China both prop up Pakistan and enable it to get away with sponsoring terorrism against India as well as spreading nukes around the world. The difference is China makes it clear that it won't stop supporting Pakistan while the US patronizes us on democracy and "shared values" while propping up Pakistani dictators behind the scenes. So why should India agree to become an American tool against China? India might as well make the best out of the situation and stay neutral while freeing up business ties with China."
missed the boat? india was a warsaw pact ally and a socialist state.. they fly migs and use AKs. heck they hate the US so much coke used to be banned there.
No it doesn't. They're just exchanging the the settlement doc's of the border dispute.
Finally, someone who remembers. Use India as a second front? Bullpuckey. These SOBs did not need the excuse of Pakistan to not help us. They have never helped us.
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