China-India Energy Synergies?
Though there are prospects for co-operation, it may just be a short term measure in a more permanent pattern of conflict.
While China has been accommodating to India in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, most agree that it is just some leeway to keep burgeoning Chinese trade exports to India well oiled. New Delhi knows that the battle for Central Asian energy resources will be bitter. Delhi has been developing independent links with Central Asian countries, with India's first military base to be operational in Tajikistan soon.
Some observers have drawn a parallel between US-China policy and Beijing's engagement of India. Washington has looked at China as a potential rival whose growth momentum cannot be contained and hence must be engaged in a constructive way that is good for business.