Has Obama "snubbed" democratic India and "kowtowed" to repressive China? Well, what if he has? The world is as it is, and not as one might like it to be. But, with very rare exceptions (Peter Hitchens, Scott McConnell), undergraduate Trots never grow up. They just become neocons. Thank God that the neocons are no longer running the White House.
China is going through the gangster capitalist phase from which Russia is now emerging. As Russia needs every encouragement in Medvedev’s (decidedly un-Putinesque) reassertion against both Communism and capitalism of her true, profoundly Christian culture, so China will need every encouragement in reasserting against both Communism and capitalism her true, Confucian culture, which is not only extremely nonbelligerent, but also strikingly open to completion by, in, through and as classical Christianity.
Yes, India is the world’s largest democracy, although rather a lot of her people vote for very nasty parties indeed. And yes, India is a coming economic superpower; but China is an actual one, to which America is hugely indebted. India, in fact, is part of a specifically British rather than American sphere of influence, by no means always to America’s liking, but that is just tough. If there is a lesson here, then it is that.