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People working on numerical solutions usually have a good idea of the range in which the wanted answer lies, so they can play both ends against the middle.
Tanchum, well-positioned to play both ends against the middle as well as adopt a key role in the trans-Atlantic community's effort to strengthen relations with India as an anti-dote to the rise of China.
It is trying to play both ends against the middle - to look like the friend of the revolutionaries on the one hand and a friend of the West in the fight against terrorism.