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China-India competition can upgrade globalization

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee paid a four-day visit to China last week. His first destination was Guangzhou, the vanguard city of China's reform and opening-up. His stop in Guangdong Province is believed to have symbolic significance. Mukherjee arrives as relations between New Delhi and Beijing offer new incentives. India's Look East strategy and China's "Belt…

Pakistan Builds New Missile Ship to Shield Chinese Trade Routes

Pakistan has officially begun construction of a missile warship that the country hopes will guarantee the integrity of its vital trade corridor with China. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is key to the financial and national security interests of both countries. For Islamabad, Beijing’s capital investment in infrastructure projects offers promise to give the country’s economy…

Is India Buying 200 F-16 Fighter Jets?

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Tuesday that the government is finalizing guidelines for a global bid to select a new Western single-engine fighter jet for the Indian Air Force. Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi on January 3, the defense minister said that the guidelines for a strategic partnership model under…

Emerging Russia-Pakistan Strategic Ties may become India’s Newest Bugbear

Realist theorists like Hans Morgenthau hold that in international relations, there are no permanent friends or foes but always national interests. It will remain very interesting to see the changing Russian foreign policy towards India through the characteristics of the bear which is generally used to symbolise Russia. The bear has often been revered in…

DCNS and MDL Proposing Three More Scorpene-class Submarines with AIP to the Indian Navy

According to well connected French financial newspaper La Tribune, French shipbuilder DCNS and its Indian industry partner Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) have made an unsolicited "repeat order" offer for three Scorpene-class submarines to the Indian Navy. Six submarines of the P75 project are being built by MDL through technology transfers from DCNS for the Indian…

Trump Administration will boost India-US-Israel Tri-Lateral Partnership

The optics of the U.S.-Israel relations will change for the better under the incoming Donald Trump administration and this will have a positive impact on India’s relations with both, said a senior functionary of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), an influential advocacy group. Jason Isaacson, AJC’s Director of International Affairs, who recently returned from Israel,…

Breaking traditions: Ajit Doval likely to attend Donald Trump’s ‘inauguration’ on January 20

NEW DELHI: National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval is expected to attend the ‘inauguration’ of President-elect Donald Trump as a special invitee on January 20, breaking the tradition of senior foreign officials not visiting Washington on such occasions, according to Shalabh Kumar, a member of Trump transition team and Chicago-based Indian-origin business tycoon. Kumar, who…

Ten things that make Agni-IV different from other systems in its class

BHUBANESWAR: The surface-to-surface nuke capable Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Agni-IV test fired off Odisha coast on Monday is the most advanced ballistic missile in its class that India has developed so far. Here are the five things that make the missile a lethal weapon and different from other weapon systems worldwide. 1. Agni-IV is…

Agni-IV: India’s Most Viable Deterrent Against China Today

The 2 January 2017 test of the Agni-IV missile will not garner either the headlines or the attention of the 26 December 2016 test of the Agni-V. However, from a practical and strategic standpoint, the Agni-IV represents India’s most viable deterrent weapon against China until the Agni-V enters service. The Agni-IV entered service with the…

Prepared for a two-front war but want peace with Chinese: Army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said his force is prepared for a two-front war involving Pakistan and China simultaneously but emphasised on the need to look at cooperation and not confrontation with Beijing. His remarks came days after Beijing raised eyebrows over India testing 5000 km-range Agni 5 missile which has entire China…

Paksitan call for strategic balance in South Asia after Agni-V

Paksitan call for strategic balance in South Asia after Agni-V

With the confirmatory test of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V, India claims to have joined the super exclusive club of five; US, UK, Russia, France and China. India has attained this status of super exclusive club as its sixth member, as it claimed. Nevertheless, this Indian move of missile race has not attracted any response…

Maldives: Should India Prefer ‘Surgical Strikes’ Of A Positive Kind? – Analysis

Every time Maldives is in an Indian discourse, question arises if the larger neighbour should go beyond incremental improvements in bilateral relations. In time of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the refrain should be to prefer ‘surgical strikes’, but of a positive kind. The question arises if PM Modi should consider going ahead with his proposed…

Deterrence Against The Dragon: Why Agni’s Arc Worries China

The shrill, disjointed and illogical rants emanating from Beijing after the fourth successful test of the Agni-V missile is an adequate proof that nothing succeeds like deterrence. By developing a missile designed solely for raining down nuclear warheads at the Han heartland, India has effectively neutralised the Chinese nuclear threat. Deterrence is the threat of…

Trump And ‘America First’: End Of Asia-Pacific Pivot? – Analysis

Donald Trump’s unexpected victory has not only shocked the world but is also likely to shake up US foreign policy. While Trump’s unpredictability, campaign rhetoric and unclear foreign policy stance have left analysts and policymakers confused, there are enough hints that indicate significant change in US foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. US Foreign Policy under…

Indian Missiles: Need For Security Or World Power Ambitions?

Many an Indian heart would have gained a faster beat with the country’s Defence Ministry spokesman announcing that with the successful firing of Agni V Surface-to-Surface missile on December 26, India gained entry to the ‘exclusive International Ballistic Missile Club (ICBM). The spokesman and defence analyst Brigadier Rahul Bousle had said that this achievement ‘will…