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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…

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…

Why India Should Expand Its Nuclear Options

India has remained steadfast over the years with its No First Use policy. While there are strong reasons to retain the NFU, there are also strong reasons for expanding India’s nuclear options. This change can help India deter the threat of Pakistan’s use of tactical nuclear weapons and expand India’s conventional military options. Defence Minister…

‘Launch of 103 satellites in one rocket not aimed at record making’

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) does not consider the upcoming launch of 103 satellites on a single PSLV rocket a record-making feat. Its aim is rather to maximise the launch vehicle’s carrying capacity and returns per launch, ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said here on Wednesday. As many as 100 small foreign commercial satellites will…

‘INS Betwa to be operational by September 2018’

INS Betwa, which tipped over during a refit at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai last year, will be operational again by September 2018. The frontline Brahmaputra-class frigate of the Indian Navy had slipped on the dock blocks while it was being undocked on December 5, 2016. Two sailors were killed and 14 others were injured…

India may buy an additional 36 Rafale Fighter Jets

Contrary to some previous indications, India is considering an additional 36 Dassault Rafales, a senior Ministry of Defence official said. The contract is likely to be signed in 2019 with deliveries to start by 2022, when the existing $8.8 billion order for 36 Rafales is completed, AIN has learned from sources close to the long-running…

Trump won’t be able to take initiative outside Twitter: Chinese Media

NEW DELHI: As the world remained gobsmacked following US President-elect Donald Trump's explosive press conference yesterday, state-run Chinese media continued to put on a brave front in the face of what appears will be a potentially very aggressive Trump administration. It said that once Trump officially takes over on January 20, he won't have much…

India to maximise rocket capability for more launches

India would maximise its rocket capability to launch more satellites for maximum return on investment, its space agency chief said on Wednesday. “By launching 103 satellites together using one rocket next month, we are trying to maximise its capability and optimally utilise it for maximum return on investment,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S.…

A friend in need – India’s arms sales to Vietnam make sense

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,…

Indian Navy’s second Scorpene class submarine ‘INS Khanderi’ launched at Mazgaon, Mumbai

India’s second Scorpene class submarine, INS Khanderi, was launched into water (undocked) at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on Thursday. The function to commence the launch of Khanderi was presided by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Subhash Bhamre. “I’m confident that the day is not too far when Mazagon Dock…

Tricky offer : India offers to train Bangladeshi submariners to operate Chinese Subs

India has offered to train Bangladesh navy crews in operating submarines after Dhaka recently acquired the first of two boats from Beijing. India has also agreed to host Vietnamese air force pilots to train in advanced combat techniques on Sukhoi fighter jets. Both the Indian and Vietnamese air forces fly variants of the Sukhoi 30…

Don’t overestimate Indo-US economic ties : Chinese daily

India is fooling itself if it thinks its economy will bloom by siding with the US, an influential Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday. The state-run Global Times warned in an editorial that "overestimating US-India economic ties may mislead India and send it down the wrong path for economic development". It told New Delhi to work…