I agree. A couple things come to mind, in no particular order: 1. The only Indian leader who can commit to such a deal without being viewed as selling out the country would be Narendra Modi. 2. Whether he could actually deliver the votes in what is almost certain hostility from the UPA is an open question. 3. India and China have other strategic issues to resolve alongside such an FTA. Would an FTA be conducted in isolation from such issues or in conjunction with them? 3a. The first strategic issue is Pakistan. A Sino-Indian FTA would be viewed in Islamabad as an unfriendly act, one that economically isolates it. Do China and India cut Pakistan into the FTA as well, or, if not, how do China and India assuage Pakistan's concerns? 3b. Would an FTA include a guarantee by India to protect China's shipping lanes in the IOR? This would obviate China's need for a string of pearls. 4. The United States would do everything in its power to forestall such a move, possibly by throwing a clause in the TPP that forces India to choose between the US-Japan markets and the Chinese one. 5. China and India need to resolve their border issues before starting any deep FTAs; both sides should formalize the LAC as a border, and ratify treaties that limit the quantity and quality of troops they can station on the border. 6. On a scale this large, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and Sri Lanka become minor issues, to be resolved at a later date.