This seemingly radical suggestion would thwart China’s dominance, and increase the chances of peace in the neighbourhood. Nuclear proliferation and its risks have again become a major issue in geopolitics, both due to the repudiation of the nuclear deal with Iran by President Trump, and with the sabre-rattling and subsequent diplomatic outreach to North Korea. At such a time, it may seem like a crazy foreign policy idea to suggest that a nuclear-armed Vietnam is in India’s interest, and something that India should actively enable! Yet, I believe that sober cost-benefit analysis would show that this is in India’s interests. First, the assessment of the potential risks and costs. Potential risk 1: India will face global opprobrium Contrary to what one thinks, the opprobrium that nuclear proliferation attracts is a function not of the act of nuclear weaponization itself, but of the power and strategic importance wielded by the countries involved. This is why a nuclear North Korea or Iraq invited a fierce reaction from the US and most of its NATO allies, whereas the proliferation of nuclear weapons to Pakistan (from China) and the “nuclear Walmart” run by Dr AQ Khan hardly imposed any costs on any of the… Read full this story
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