September 16, 2011

India Picks a Quarrel With China

M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

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Planned exploration of Vietnamese offshore oil blocks by a state-owned Indian firm is Delhi's calculated provocation of South China Sea sensitivities, and the actual target: Beijing's burgeoning alliance with Pakistan. China's stepped up involvement in Kashmir has not gone unnoticed in the Indian capital. Drumming up a sea territories spat also proves a timely distraction from domestic woes.

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TAGGED: Delhi, New Delhi, Beijing, Pakistan, China, South China Sea, Kashmir

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