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'US reaching out to India as well as Pakistan'
March 01, 2006 15:37 IST
Peter Wonacott, The Wall Street Journal's Senior Correspondent for South Asia, remained unperturbed despite a technical glitch which delayed the start of his chat.
Wonacott, who came to New Delhi last October after 11 years in China, told rediff.com that 'having written about China's economic transformation, I was eager to witness from the ground another Asian giant emerging onto the global stage. India is doing just that, as evidenced from the hoopla surrounding this week's visit of President Bush.'
For those of you who missed the chat, here is the transcript: Peter Wonacott says,
Peter Wonacott says,Hello everybody. Good morning from Delhi. Sorry for the technical glitch - now I know what it's like being stuck on the other side of the digital divide.
shashi asked, Hello,what is to be expected from Bush visit specially to pakistan?
Peter Wonacott answers, From what we gather from U.S. officials, President Bush's trip to South Asia is an extremely important one because it comes at a point in history where old relationships are no longer so relevant for this changing world. So the U.S. is reaching out to nations it sees as crucial in this rebalancing. It remains to be seen how succesful this effort, and the visit, will be. But I think both leaders in India and Pakistan want better ties with the U.S. as coming at an extremely important time. It is reaching out to India as well as Pakistan.
Indian asked, The agenda of the US: To keep this region unstable and have a foothold to counter China...Thats it. It is not interested if India & Pakistan keep haing problems because thats what it wants. It supports Pakistan whole heartedly (and we run crying to US), then it extends a hand to us (PAk runs crying o it) ,,What say you guyz?
rv asked, how will this tour of bush help the IT sector
ramananda asked, Peter, welcome to the rediff chat...what do you think is the most significant aspect of the Bush visit? Is it just the nuclear deal, or are there other big ticket deals likely?
Ramesh asked, I feel it is time for USA, to understand India's is very matured Democracy and any USA President should be obliged to his presidency to vist India in the forst term, visitng India in 2nd term is too late and is insulting,
srinivas asked, Somehow there is not much hype for this visit when compared to Clinton's visit.What's ur opinion regarding this observation.thanks for your time
sheelakb asked, How do you see the chemistry working between Prez Bush and PM Singh?
Indianhawk asked, The US want to 'counterbalance' China by wooing India...your comments?
Peter Wonacott answers, There is probably something to be read into U.S. reaching out to India as a hedge against a rising China. To China's credit, it's not reacting to the Bush visit with any visibile anxiety. Beijing probably realizes that India and China have a separate relationship -- laden with economic potential -- and the two countries will work on improving that, regardless of U.S. strategic goals.
Peter Wonacott says, Thanks everybody. And sorry for the delay getting to your questions. Bye for now.