much as i hope brahma chellaney is right, i doubt it.
kevin rudd seems to be more chinese than the chairman. he loves to spout mandarin. and he will push india to sign the NPT.
and of course india will, in a display of thoughtless and rapidly escalating commitment.
that is, we signed the nuclear deal -> so we must get uranium -> so we must sign NPT so oz sells it to us.
the means and the end are confused. the means become the point of focus, not the end.
the end, energy security, continues to be as distant and unreachable as ever.
http://ow.ly/Kuij is brahma's article in the japan times.
here's a paper i wrote for a conference in energy security at osmania university. my conclusion: we are doomed to using more coal and oil for the foreseeable future. http://rajeev2007.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/indias-energy-security-3/