The $400 billion deal was first proposed in a Jan 2016 trip to Iran by Xi Jinping. Around the same time in May 2016, Indian PM Modi visited Iran to sign the 10-year Chabahar port contract. Was Modi in Iran for a great future gameplan?
Deception has been an age old tactic of China. Sun Tzu’s strategies may help Xi Jingping in internal politics but not in case of a war, which now is a certainty. Albeit, this will not be India’s war alone.