Regarding Dipak Basu’s Dec. 16 letter, “China doesn’t respect diplomacy“: Basu’s analysis of China smacks of a prejudice all too common in India. Rightwing Hindu nationalists, in particular, tend to hold a grudge against China. This usually has a lot less to do with territorial squabbles (in which China and India have behaved equally badly) than with two issues:

● China’s support for Pakistan. Without China’s help over the years, belligerent Hindu nationalists might well have gotten their way and successfully invaded at least part of Pakistan.

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