November 23, 2013


India Is Courting China's Rivals, Too (Bruce Einhorn  November 21, 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek)

As China squabbles with the Philippines, Vietnam, and other Southeast Asian nations over disputed islands in the South China Sea, Japan isn't the only regional rival looking to capitalize on distrust of China in Asia. India is trying to take advantage of opportunities, too. Like Japan, India has disputes of its own with China. India has a long border with China, which claims the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, as South Tibet. And like Japan, India is looking for friends that could potentially come in handy if tensions build with China.

So, just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has focused much of his diplomatic efforts during his first year in office traveling to Southeast Asia, India's leaders are trying to build ties with other Asian countries that have reason to be wary of the Chinese. That helps explain why the head of Vietnam's Communist Party is the Indian Prime Minister's guest in New Delhi. Yesterday, as part of the visit by Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the two countries announced a series of deals to boost economic ties. Among the agreements is a plan for India's Tata Power to build a $1.8 billion coal-fired power plant in Vietnam and Indian energy company ONGC Videsh to explore for oil and gas off the Vietnamese coast.

The energy deal is particularly significant. It's Vietnam's latest offer to India to explore off its coast and once again puts India in the midst of a territorial dispute. 

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