Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Indian strategic community, ecstatic about growing ties with the US, should bear in mind that Washington is too involved with Beijing to give up its embrace of the dragon. The US does not see its relationship with India as a zero sum game

Sanjay Kapoor Delhi

In 1969, the Chinese and Soviet troops fought a short but bloody war near River Ussuri in China's northeast. Although ceasefire was declared after USSR's Premier Kosygin stopped by at Beijing and met with his counterpart, Chou en Lai, there was little love and trust left between the two communist powers. The US, as subsequent events proved, was the clear beneficiary of this rupture as it began to woo China in right earnest. The efforts of the US were helped by the views of Chinese leader Mao Ze Dong who believed that a relationship with Washington would provide security against the enemy at the doorstep (Soviet Union).

The growing mistrust between the USSR and China presented an opportunity to Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon to make a trip to Beijing and shake hands with Mao in 1972. It was a week that changed the world.


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