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India, which broke off peace Pakistan. He said the govern-
talks with Pakistan after last ment should aim to carve out
November’s attack on Mumbai, a long-term foreign policy that
fears it may come under US managed to rise above the public
pressure to reduce tensions so mood.
that Islamabad can focus on With both India and China
fighting its Taliban insurgency. competing overseas for energy
by Myra MacDonald Centre for Policy Research, said to tensions over the 3,500-km The newly re-elected Con- and other resources, the foreign
at a conference in London. “As border, particularly Chinese gress-led government has yet to policy decisions made by the
WASHINGTON’S focus on this was going on the Chinese claims to the northeastern state spell out how it plans to navigate new government could deter-
Pakistan and economic depend- and US economic ties were get- of Arunachal Pradesh. a political and economic envi- mine how far Delhi succeeds
ence on China are forcing India ting thicker and thicker.” India’s air force chief said ronment which has changed in securing supplies overseas to
to reassess its own place in South Long Pakistan’s closest in May that China presented radically in recent months. fuel its growing economy.
Asia, reviving long-standing ally, China has been steadily a greater threat than Pakistan Anand, who described India “They are rivals for a lot of
fears of strategic encirclement by building ties with India’s other because Delhi knew little about as suffering “a schizophrenia energy projects against each
its giant northern neighbour. neighbours, supplying weapons Beijing’s combat capabilities. between arrogance and help- other, although on occasions
Analysts say Indian suspi- to Sri Lanka and improving its “The public mood is very lessness”, said the country had they have submitted joint bids;
cions about China, suppressed relationship with Myanmar and much that Pakistan is the unre- no real reason to feel under siege they have tried to cooperate,”
during the boom years by bur- Nepal, all stoking Indian fears of formed enemy, China cannot be and should actually welcome said Beijing-based British author
geoning trade ties, have been strategic encirclement. trusted,” Anand said. the US asking China to help in Jasper Becker. – Reuters
stoked by Chinese involvement China has stressed it sees That traditional distrust of
in Pakistan and a sense that no competition with India, but India’s two main rivals has been
Beijing has replaced India as
the favoured friend of the US in
rather that both can benefit from
rising bilateral trade as well as
fused together by Washington’s
renewed focus on Pakistan. letter
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the region. co-operation on issues where President Barack Obama’s
“There is a very strong feel- the two countries share similar administration is not only pour-
ing that China is India’s threat
number one,” said Subhash Ka-
views, including on Doha trade
talks and climate change.
ing money into Pakistan, but
also looking to China to help put
Domestic violence not a
pila at the South Asia Analysis
Group, an Indian think-tank.
“Neither of the two poses a
threat to the other,” Ma Jiali,
pressure on Islamabad to crack
down on the militants.
personal matter
Under former President from China Institutes of Contem- As well as supplying weap- THE Women’s Centre for Change Penang there were 3,756 cases of domestic violence
George W. Bush, the US forged porary International Relations, ons to Pakistan, China has been (WCC) views with great concern the al- reported to the police. These figures are said
close ties with India culminating told the conference in London. expanding its economic interests legations made by Indonesian teenager, to only represent the tip of the iceberg.
in a deal effectively recognising Until very recently, India there, notably through funding Manohara Odelia Pinot regarding the vio- WCC views with deep concern the com-
its nuclear-armed status. shared that view and set aside the new Gwadar deep sea port to lence she has endured in her marriage to a ments made by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk
India and China also made distrust which lingered on give it access to Middle East oil. Kelantan prince. WCC is glad to see that the Seri Muhyiddin Yassin regarding Manohara’s
efforts to mend relations soured from its defeat by China in the “Pakistan’s reliance on both Foreign Affairs Ministry has offered to help if allegations. He was reported as saying “...
by a border war in 1962. 1962 war. At the same time the the US and China for aid and Manohara files a complaint and we strongly this is more a personal matter” and “... so
But with the financial crisis government also played down diplomatic support means that encourage her to file a complaint, as well as, we want to leave it as it is”. WCC would
highlighting US dependence on alleged incursions along the co-ordinated approaches from lodge a police report. like to stress that domestic violence is not
Beijing to bankroll its debt, India disputed border to avoid spoiling Washington and Beijing provide Domestic violence is a criminal offence. a personal matter, but is of public concern,
is fretting that while it acquired the mood. the best chance for impacting Under the Domestic Violence Act, domestic given that it is a crime.
a friendship, China bought the “There was this euphoria that Pakistani policies in a way that violence includes causing or threatening to The government is duty bound to inves-
US economy. trade is booming,” said Profes- encourages regional stability,” cause physical injury, confining a person, tigate these allegations.
“During the Bush era, US sor Dibyesh Anand at London’s Lisa Curtis, from the Heritage damaging property or forcing a person to
policy was seeking to build India University of Westminster. Foundation think tank, told a do something she can legally refuse to do. Prema Devaraj
as a counterweight to China,” That mood is now shifting, Congressional hearing in Wash- A person found guilty of these acts can be Programme Director
Brahma Chellaney, from India’s with attention turning again ington. charged under the Penal Code. In 2007, Women’s Centre for Change