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Nov 24, 2006 4:10 pm


ELECTIONS SEEN FROM AFAR



Americans rarely note the apprehensions US elections causes abroad. In 1992, I was in China and found that the Chinese worried that Bush's loss meant a significant deterioration of Chinese American relations in general and a partial closing of the US markets to Chinese exports in particular. Today I find Indians worry that Democratic take over of Congress means an end to the US-India nuclear deal and a significant set back to the emerging US - India strategic partnership.

I believe India's worries will turn out to be just as needless as those of the Chinese. India is not only a country whose national interests dovetail America's but it is a pluralistic democracy Americans can be proud of supporting.




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