In counterpoint to the traditional dragon-elephant rivalry associated with China and India, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao flagged off his three-day state visit to India on Dec. 15 by drumming up deals worth US$16 billion. Although Wen's state visit to India – his second after 2005 -- lacks the pizzazz of the US presidential visit in November, it is significant in more ways than one. The sojourn is the latest in a series of high-profile state visits in quick succession by global chieftains to India. By year-end, India will have hosted all the heads of government of the P-5, the veto-wielding permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
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