Friday, October 23, 2015

Fwd: The hyphen linking India and China

this really drives the hans nuts. they only want to be hyphenated with america, G2.

hence my long-stated G3 meme. :-)

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The hyphen linking India and China
The contours of the rivalry between India and China are far more complex than can be defined by a single dash between their names
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The contours of the rivalry between India and China are far more complex than can be defined by a single dash between their names

New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to travel to the UK next month—roughly three weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping returns from a visit to the same nation—India and China, the two economic powerhouses of Asia, find themselves linked by a hyphen in the eyes of the world.
The two leaders seem to be criss-crossing the globe in tandem, showcasing their nations' economic growth, aggressive missions to attract foreign investment and strategic ambition. Yet, the contours of this rivalry between India and China are far more complex than can be defined by a single dash between their names, say analysts.
The 1980s and 1990s were marked by the so-called hyphenation of India and Pakistan by Western powers.
In the diplomatic context, the hyphenation of India and Pakistan was used in the backdrop of Western powers trying to deal with India and Pakistan on an equal footing despite their obvious differences and dissimilarities, said former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal.
The geopolitical context was the decade-long Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which made Pakistan, for the US and its allies, a frontline state in the war against communism.
In the second decade of the 21st century, however, it is India and China that are seemingly linked by the hyphen.
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