What framework can we use to understand the current Sino-Indian relationship?
Military capability – including nuclear weapons and credible missile delivery systems – can only form one part of India’s overall China policy, at best an insurance policy. And surely nobody takes insurance hoping there will be an occasion to claim it.
Domestic instability in Pakistan, the continuing spread of religious radicalism from Pakistan into China, and threats to Chinese economic interests are conditions that would amplify the need for Beijing to take a sterner line with its “all-weather friend”. This could well be a serious dilemma confronting the Chinese leadership at some point in the near future.
The killing of Osama bin Laden shook the Chinese in more ways than one. From ordinary netizen to government-run media, there was disbelief, sarcasm and worries of a geopolitical sort.