Mananging Asia’s strategic triangle

Because this country has for long been preoccupied with its understandable concerns about Pakistan and China, it took a rather long time to realize that Asia’s strategic triangle really consists of India, China and Japan.
The lapse has not been entirely one-sided. Japan, too, has been largely dismissive of India all through the four decades of the Cold War. As the bastion of American military presence and strategy in the region it perceived India to be on the Soviet side.

During this period Japan was engaged primarily in building its formidable economic might. Yet even economically it showed little interest in India. When in the 1990s the time came for course correction in Tokyo, the May 1998 nuclear tests at Pokhran queered the pitch right up to 2002.

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