posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 01:10 PM
India and China are competing over Africa's resources, and that in large part means competing for future control of Somalia and its ports. Piracy is
a source of revenue for Somali factions. Therefore neither country can really trust the other to be even-handed in anti-piracy operations and needs to
keep tabs on the other.
Not only that, but accordiing to Blackwater, at least the US (no word on other nations over there) may be using ships in the area to hold prisoners
turned over by surrogates in Somalia. www.chicagotribune.com...
I've dealt with several aspects of the situation in this thread
but must confess I
haven't been keeping it current as much as I should. I'll have to get back on that considering this development.
Additionally, these anti-piracy operations are a significant step out from its borders for traditionally non-aligned India. The outcome of the
operations will probably shape the role that India chooses for itself in the international community over the next decade or so and just how assertive
they want to be.
Nations like China and also African nations which are less in India's favor than their neighbors, may find it in their interest for India to choose a
lower level of activity and assertiveness. They might therefore want to cause setbacks for India, and cannot be trusted not to seize any opportunity
to rattle India's confidence, cause India embarrassment, or even inflict losses.
One could even speculate that the incident in which the INS Tabar sunk the Ekawat Nava 5 might have been a trap baited with bad intelligence.