Sunday, March 30, 2008

Now, George says China is 'potential threat No. 1'

According to the Times of India, NDA convener George Fernandes, who was defence minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said the previous regime's decision to recognize Tibet as part of China was an "error".

NDA convener said the Olympic torch should not be allowed to come to India and the country should boycott the Games. He said he had asked his "colleagues" and others to make "whatever effort" was needed to prevent the flame's run in India.said China was "still potential threat number one" and "could become an enemy", as he recalled his statement on similar lines 10 years back.

Commenting on Indian ambassador to Beijing Nirupama Rao being summoned by the Chinese foreign ministry past midnight, Fernandes said New Delhi had "surrendered" over the issue.The amounts Fernandes allegedly took in bribes during the Tehelka sting was not a lot.

IMO: Fernandes has been said to be a kind, friendly fellow. Maybe his attitude will seem closer to the official line if and when there is a power shift. Interesting, bearing in mind US attitudes, both Republican and Democrat

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