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India and the Asian Security Concept

India and the Asian Security Concept C Raja Mohan WHEN Gorbachev arrives in New Delhi this week, it would be his first visit to an Asian Capital. The choice, many Soviets take pains to point out, is a deliberate indication of the importance India continues to have in the Soviet worldview. To be sure, the Indo-Soviet consultations would be dominated by issues of trade, economic and technological cooperation, Afghanistan, and the emerging US-Pak strategic consensus, expansion of Indo-Soviet defence co-operation, the impact of improving Sino-Soviet relations on India, and global disarmament. But another issue likely to crop up would be the new Soviet conception of a comprehensive programme for Asian-Pacific security outlined by the general secretary of CPSU at Vladivostok on July 28 this year. The Soviets are certain to probe and sound out the Indian side, which has maintained a discreet silence on the subject until now.

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