September 16, 2011
India Picks a Quarrel With China
M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times
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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