Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Vajpayee's Ostpolitik-Interesting piece on India looking to cozy up to Southeast Asian countries. This makes since. In the Cold War era, ASEAN was a US-centric anti-communist bloc, while the old Congress party governments were socialist leaned away from the US. With the Cold War over and the more free-market BJP in power in India, better relations with ASEAN makes good sence. Trading with the Islamic states to the west doesn't make too much sence, as they would have more in common with the Buddhist states to the east.

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