East Meets EastIssue: Nov-Dec 2006
I was greeted in March 2006 by Manmohan Singh in a small sitting room in the quite modest prime minister's bungalow in New Delhi. The prime minister of India wore a broad smile, for he had just days before concluded a revolutionary nuclear deal with George W. Bush. Probably outside of Israel, no foreign capital is as pro-Bush as Delhi. Singh was basking in the glory of the Bush deal.
Indeed, India's political and strategic elite, even more than America's, understands the epic nature of the new strategic relationship with Washington. It has been rightly compared with Nixon's opening to China in the 1970s. It's different in many ways, but it has the same potential to reshape almost all geostrategic equations, particularly those involving China.