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Use of nuclear weapons in South Asia can’t be ruled out: Biden

South Asia is among a few regions in the world where nuclear weapons could be used in a regional conflict, the outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden warned on Saturday. In a recent speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, Mr Biden hoped that the incoming Trump administration would continue America’s leading role…

China wants India to go soft on Port investment in Sri Lanka

India should rethink its opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka and join the port development in the island nation instead of feeling "jealous", China's state media said today. "It is understandable that the cooperation has left some Asian countries vigilant as media reports suggest that an 80 per cent share of the port, which…

BrahMos Aerospace bags orders worth Rs 300 crore

BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL), which was declared a sick company, will be out of the woods in 1-2 years, said its CEO and MD Sudhir Kumar Mishra. Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace is BATL's parent company. BATL has received production orders worth Rs 300 crore from Isro, DRDO and European agencies, Mishra said adding…

India ‘incomplete’ without Pakistan’s Sindh: BJP patriarch LK Advani

BJP patriarch LK Advani feels that India appears "incomplete" without Sindh in its territory. The 89-year-old leader made the remarks at an event here today while lamenting that Karachi, the capital of the Pakistani province, where he was born in a Sindhi family was not a part of India anymore. "At times I feel sad…

MTCR Membership brought enormous benefits to India

Amid huge hue and cry over the Indian bid to the NSG membership, India silently went on to become member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in mid 2016 — an Indian diplomatic achievement which was undermined when India entered the elite MTCR group and the membership is still undermine even by the Indian…

Can China’s Army Really Capture New Delhi in 2 Days?

“It would take China's motorised troops 48 hours and its paratroops 10 hours to reach India's capital if war broke out,” a Chinese State television channel boldly proclaimed. This is not the first time China has tried to use rhetoric as a deterrence strategy but it comes as probably the first one that is so…

Military to propose setting up US-style Unified Commands

Highlights PMO is keen on a proposal that would establish unified commands in different areas of the country. 2Each command would have one officer in charge of the resources of all the three services. 3Currently, such a command is in place only in Andaman and Nicobar. 4US military functions on the basis of such theatre…

JF-17 BLOCK-II production crosses 30 planes while IAF has inducted only 2 Tejas

Recent photos from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) show that JF-17 Block-II production has reached 33 aircraft (2P-33), showing that production of the variant has crossed the half-way mark. Moreover, it appears that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s Block-II production run could conclude in 2017. These second-half (i.e. 2P-25/26-50) units are also configured for in-flight refuelling,…

Can Iran and India Turn the Page?

Iran and India have long had historical, cultural, and commercial ties. Tracing back a millennium, both countries have framed their shared roots as a “civilizational relationship.” Over the past decade, their economic ties, because of nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the international community, have centered on limited energy and agricultural products. In 2015, this…

China the ‘outlier’ on India’s NSG membership : US

The outgoing Obama Administration has lashed out at China for blocking India from becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group by describing the Communist giant as an "outlier" in its effort to bring New Delhi on board the elite grouping. "Clearly there is one outlier that needs to be addressed and that is China,"…

Will Russia-China-Pakistan Axis Leave India Out of Afghanistan?

There has been another dramatic twist in the seemingly never-ending Afghanistan saga. Last month, Russia hosted representatives of China and Pakistan to discuss developments in Afghanistan and the three agreed upon “a flexible approach to remove certain [Taliban] figures from [United Nations] sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster a peaceful dialogue between Kabul…

New Fighter Aircraft Deal – Again?

The ink has barely dried on the acquisition of the French Rafale fighter aircraft, and India has once again entered the international arms market with the intention to procure hundreds of fighter jets, albeit with the proviso that they be manufactured in India. The Rafale deal, for outright purchase of 36 twin-engined medium-weight multi-role combat…

Coalitions Collisions and the Way Forward

Title: Coalitions, Collisions and the way forward.   Article Detail:  Keeping track of the geopolitical developments pertaining to events occurring between Nations We need to assess the impact of changing relations and increase the scope of our maneuvering, look for pragmatic approaches and preserve our strategic objectives.   US-China-Russia and its impact for India: Until…

Why China Should Fear India’s Arms Sales to Vietnam (Think South China Sea)

India is poised to sell its sophisticated Akash missile defense system to Vietnam, the latest development in a broad strategic relationship that has grown rapidly in recent years and added a new twist to the spiraling power contest in the South China Sea. The talks, consistent with India’s ambition to be a major arms supplier,…

Why is India risking Chinese anger by trying to sell missiles to Vietnam ?

SIGNALLING CLOSER TIES between the two nations, India and Vietnam are discussing the sale of the Akash missile system to the Southeast Asian nation. And China is officially not happy about it. The fast-evolving relationship between Vietnam and India drew Beijing’s ire this week via the government mouthpiece Global Times, which described the Indian arms…