Interesting article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4759592.stm Dispute 2 points with it, though. The US 'special relationship' in Asia is with Japan, India won't replace it, even assuming India wants to. Basically the US wants to use India against China the same way it used China against the USSR. As for the US 'managing' Europe via it's 'special relationship' with the UK - don't think so! We were semi-detatched from Europe for most of the Cold War.