Can this be true? That the Chinese are offering to take over the refuelling mission to battle the terrorists (ie supplying diesel to the Pakistan Navy) that the DPJ (and all sensible folk) deemed a waste of time? Well, it's in the Economist so it must be true.
OK, Our Man will leave the thinking on this thorny diplomatic matter to smarter folk than himself, but, tee hee, isn't it reminiscent of when the Soviet Union tried to apply for Marshall Plan cash back in '47 or so, not knowing that the diplomatic promises of the Red White and Blue don't always come out like it says on the tin. (Hmmm. Or something like that - Ed.)