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China feels buffeted as India finetunes its `beautiful' non-aligned role

Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 12:42 PM
India is trying to play `the most beautiful woman' in the love triangle involving China and the US and trying to woo them both, government run Beijing daily, `Global Times' said. It said India was trying to be `a swing state' between the two superpowers, China and the US.

The provocation for Beijing was obviously the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that India is entering into with the US, by which rest and recreation facilities would be extended to the visiting American servicemen at the country's ports and bases.

While there's no love lost between New Delhi and Beijing, the LSA is treated as a counter to China's sphere of influence around India by sharing Gwadar port in Pakistan and port facilities in Colombo, which is called a string of pearls by the Chinese.

Beijing is angered because the LSA might lead to joint patrols in the South China Sea to curtail China's sphere of influence. The daily said as much, brinkmanship apart, on the one hand India is trying not to rub China on the joint patrols issue in the South China Sea, `despite the obvious interest and much enthusiasm from its American counterpart.'

The daily said: `This is not unfamiliar role to India. We can still recall how its diplomatic manoeuvring had earned itself a special role between the two competing blocs during the cold war.'

Referring to American Defence Secretary, Ashton Carter's recent visit when LSA was signed, it said: `the topic of logistics agreement itself has triggered speculation among international media that both sides are boarding the same boat to contain China.'

The Chinese effort is to keep the seat hot for Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's coming visit to China.

The burden of Chinese story is that India is finetuning its non-alignment role to this day.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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