Daniel Altman in his IHT blog opines
Not so long ago, there were only two countries that collected client states around the world: the United States and the Soviet Union. These days, it seems like anyone with some economic clout can join in the fun. China has Sudan, Venezuela has Bolivia, and now Japan has India.
It is a preposterous claim to make, especially since his contention is based on an IHT article previewing Japanese PM Abe’s visit to India. The article, incidentally, focuses on India and Japan coming together to thwart the threat from China’s economic growth. I searched the piece with a fine toothcomb but could find nothing to justify Daniel’s assertion that
But for now, the Japanese government is happy to underwrite India’s growth, in return for a share of spoils.
Which sharing of spoils is he talking about? The $100 billion DMIC infrastructure project or the Toyota – Kirloskar and Maruti-Suzuki partnerships. It is about two free nations engaging economically in a globalised world. India is a vibrant democratic country with a burgeoning economy, not Sudan or Bolivia, to be patronised by Japan when
Japan’s trade with India was about $6.5 billion in 2006, the Indian government said this week, about four percent of Japan’s trade with China….In 2006, Japan invested just $515 million in India.
The anger has subsided now but I am terribly disappointed to read such uncouth and half-baked opinions pullulated under the IHT logo.