Inexorably events are moving along a predicted course. But first some recall. On May 21, 1960, this scribe wrote: "This is therefore as good a time as any for Mr Nehru to resign from the Prime Ministership. His China policy of high stakes has not succeeded." Nehru, of course, did not resign. Came the 1962 Sino-Indian war. The rest is history.
On September 27, 1999, this columnist wrote: "Having failed in Kargil, China will now try settling with India on its own terms before India can befriend Pakistan. That would make it the Big Brother friendly to the two mutually hostile neighbours."
On April 21, 2003, this columnist wrote: "The Chinese plan to encircle India by its proxies is near completion. The Bangladesh proposal of February 1977 advocated a defence alliance headed by China and comprising Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to contain India. Pakistan and Bangladesh have already signed up with China. The emergence of a pro-Maoist government in Nepal will complete the triangle."
The day this column appears Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will arrive. He...