jk859.jpg Jon Krause

The Great Game’s New Players

China's "string of pearls" policy, aimed at encircling India by sea with strategically positioned naval stations, and on land by promoting bogus Pakistani claims that undermine India’s territorial integrity, takes the “Great Game” to a new and more dangerous level. The outcome will determine whether the current century will be Asian or Chinese.

NEW DELHI – Two “great games” currently roil South Asia. In the West, Afghanistan – and what Henry Kissinger calls “Islamist Jihadists” – challenges the international order. In the East, a large number of Chinese troops have entered Pakistani-held territory high in the mountain fastness of the Kashmir Karakorams, in the picturesque Gilgit-Baltistan region, not far from the glacial battlefield of Siachen, where India and Pakistan confront each other.