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Redefining Two-Front War
On taking over as COAS, Gen Bipin Rawat, in December 2016 had said: “The two-front is a real scenario… the army, navy and IAF are now jointly very much prepared for such an eventuality.” In his first press conference as COAS, Gen Manoj Naravane spoke of “collusivity” between Pakistan and China and said this could be “both physical on land borders and in other spheres also” and this “collusivity was maximum around the Siachen glacier and Shaksgam valley”.
मध्य एशिया में चीन का कर्ज-जाल
मध्य एशिया में चीन के अपने कई स्वार्थ हैं। पहला तो यही कि उसे अपने उत्तर-पश्चिमी क्षेत्र शिंजियांग को सुरक्षित करना है, जिसकी सीमा मध्य एशिया के तीन देशों; कजाखस्तान, किर्गिस्तान और तजाकिस्तान से मिलती है। शिंजियांग उइगर मुसलमानों का घर है। उइगर मुसलमान तुर्की जातीय अल्पसंख्यक समूह से ताल्लुक रखते हैं, जिनका मध्य एशिया के साथ जातीय और सांस्कृतिक जुड़ाव है।
India – US 2+2 Dialogue: Forging a Predictable Defence Relationship
The recently concluded India – US 2+2 dialogue (October 26- 27, 2020), third in this series, is a pointer towards the two countries converging substantially in overcoming the often lamented `hesitation of history’.
Terror Revelations from Pakistan
On 29 October Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science & Technology while speaking in the National Assembly, boasted that the Imran Khan government was responsible for the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that had taken place in February 2019. The Pulwama terror attack had killed 40 para-military personnel. He said, ‘…Pulwama mein jo hamari kamiyabi hai who Imran Khan ki qayadat mein is kaum ki kamyabhi hai, uske hissedar aap bhi sab hain, uske hissedar hum bhi sab hain.’1 (Our success in Pulwama was an achievement of the country under the leadership of Imran Khan.
India Gifts Submarine to Myanmar – An initiative in Line with the SAGAR Vision for Collective Growth and Security of Maritime Neighbours
India is gifting a Russian Kilo class submarine to Myanmar1. The diesel-electric submarine, INS Sindhuvir, was inducted in the Indian Navy in 1988 and continues to be in service. The submarine refurbished by the Hindustan Shipyard Ltd a Defense PSU, even today boasts of world class capabilities of stealth, weapon and sensors. This would be a very capable first submarine for Myanmar as it likely prepares to procure more Kilo class submarines from Russia.
A Case for Deepening India-Taiwan Ties
The changing geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific region in recent times has demanded reorientation of foreign policy priorities by many countries in the region. The single factor driving this new thrust is China’s threat of using force and intimidation of smaller and weaker nations in order to further its own national interests.
Australia joining the Malabar exercises will strengthen the Quad
In a landmark decision, India has invited the Australian Navy to join the Malabar naval exercises 2020. India’s invitation comes on the heels of the Tokyo meeting of the foreign ministers of the Quadrilateral (Quad) grouping comprising of India, the US, Japan and Australia. India and the US established the Malabar naval exercises in 1992. Japan became a regular member in 2015. It is likely that Australia may also join the Malabar exercises formally in due course.
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