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China is heading for a massive economic crash. Due to the growing credit problems, is the Chinese economy going for a massive crash. The National Interest has dealt the subject in an extensive article. Toread the same, click here
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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As India resets it's relationship with China entering a face of pragmatic diplomacy where India seek to protect it's vital national interest and stand up to China, The Diplomat examines the issue in detail. You can read the entire article by clicking here
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
|One road one belt (credits- Internet image)|
As China develops it's one road one belt linking the ancient silk route to Europe, it will need deal with terrorism on the route which has every chance to destroy the entire project. This subject is dealt in detail on the latest article by The National Interest. ( The entire article can be read here)
Saturday, March 04, 2017
|India Russia Joint Military exercise (Image credits- Sputnik News)|
India remains the world's largest importer of weapon systems, it's major chunk coming from Russia. Russia has remained India's largest defence partner. But over the years, India has diversified it's sources to include Israel, USA and France. But even today Russia remains the largest weapons seller to India. Russia has also been trying to diversify it's clientele, but no market can replace the amount of weapon sale that India can and will buy. As India moves to indiginisation of weapon systems, how long Russia will be able to hold on? Russia & India Report argues that it will take India some more decades until it's weapons manufacturing industry matures to a satisfactory level for them to absorb key technologies and deliver world class weapon systems, the time which gives Russia breathing space provided Russia plays their cards correctly. ( The entire article can be read here)
|Russian Kirov class Battle Cruiser ( Image credits- Wikimedia Commons / United States Navy)|
The Russian navy is now a shadow of it's former self, a mere shadow of the mighty former soviet fleet. The main problem confronting the Russian fleet is it's acute problem with it's ship yards that has become inefficient and also a large discrepancy in the procurement process. The Russian navy is fast transforming itself from a blue water navy to a Green water one, albeit with a deadly fang with long range cruise missiles like the Kalibr. The National Interest discusses the problems faced by the Russian Navy in detail. You can read the entire article here
Friday, March 03, 2017
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China has been in recent years advancing outrageous claims on lands on the strength of myriad maps and obscure documents which China claims to be authentic but which will not stand the test of International law. On the basis of such claims, The National Interest has an article which advances the argument as to what happens if China claims Hawaii and all of Pacific. Something that can definitely happen. (To read the entire article, click here )
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China is emerging as a world power. It supports to build many projects around the world. That is known as the development of soft power. But due to the arrogant nature of the Chinese and their lack of personal skill, China is loosing it's soft power battle,one project at a time. The Diplomat discuss the same in detail in their latest article ( click here to read the entire article)
Thursday, March 02, 2017
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( After a break of nearly two months, I am returning to active blogging. To start with, I have decided to deal with CPEC, the most talked about project in South Asia)
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a collection of projects undertaken by China in Pakistan to connect landlocked Western China to the Arabian sea based Gwadar post in Pakistani Baluchistan. This includes rapid development of infrastructure including roads, railways, power generation projects, industrial parks, special economic zones besides developing Gwadar port. CPEC is termed as a game changer by Pakistan. But doubts still linger in the minds of many. The international monetary fund (IMF) in it's report has warned Pakistan of long term consequences that will bring untold misery to the Pakistani economy due to their inability to repay the loan amount back to China with above normal interest rate.
There is also concern that China will virtually take over the entire Pakistani economy. The first significant measure was their investment in Karachi Stock Exchange where in now they own majority stakes. Then there is the issue of whether other international companies will be allowed to invest in the project. The conditions of the project are still opaque and the government of Pakistan has not allowed the public access to the details of the project. It is also stated that only Chinese companies will be allowed access to invest in the project. So what gain does Pakistan makes from the project is anybody's guess. Besides there are still no details from what Pakistan will gain from allowing Chinese trucks to pass through Pakistan.
In the energy front, China will set up power generation projects mostly run on coal. The environmental impact on Pakistan will be imminence as China is reinstalling these power plants which itself has shut down. Besides, with a free trade agreement too, it is virtual certainty that Chinese goods will flood Pakistani market that will be a death knell to the Pakistani industry who are not technologically advanced enough to withstand the onslaught. Recently a Pakistani senate committee expressed it's apprehension on the project ( as reported by the Dawn Newspaper).
Then there is the big issue of internal security inside which may act as a spoil sport for the project. Pakistan has a long running insurgency is a hot bed of Islamic Terrorism. There has been frequent attacks on the project not only from Islamic militants but also from Baloch nationalists who sees this project as another oppressive movement by Pakistan for which they do not have any gains. Pakistan had to create a separate force to protect the CPEC which is unheard off in any other international projects. The viability of the project is still debated and China may just have invested in a white elephant. Then there is the issue of the CPEC running on the Indian territory which will be an additional challenge to Pakistan and China.
THE GHOST OF HAMBITOTA
When we talk of Chinese investment, one should never forget the experience of Sri Lanka. China undertook massive projects in Hambitota and Colombo for which Sri Lanka agreed to pay back with high interest rate. But Hambitota has proved to be a proverbial white elephant. Sri Lanka has fallen to a debt trap and is now forced to restructure the loan by giving the project to China on a 99 year lease. This in turn allows China to get a lock on the project for the next 99 years including the resources. This is in a way new type of colonisation.
For Pakistan the stakes are much higher. If the Sri Lankan project was just about $10 billion US dollars, for Pakistan the entire project will come to $51 billion US dollars. It is said that on many projects, the interest rate is as high as 12% to 18%. The penal interest will come to around 26%. How Pakistan with it's precarious financial position will repay such a huge amount with interest is anybody's guess. China will demand every last ounce of blood from Pakistan and if Pakistan defaults, China will virtually take over Pakistan. The viability of the project is still debated and it will be decades before we see how the project has turned out to be. If Pakistan manages their finances and allow other international players to also invest, CPEC will be a launching pad for Pakistan for economic prosperity. But if they mismanage, then Pakistan will end up being a Chinese colony without much to look on too with their own industry and economy in shambles. Let us see how things turn out to be.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
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Did North Korea Just Launch a Chinese Missile? ( Source- The National Interest / Author- Gordon G. Chang)
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Source- The National Interest
Author- Gordon G. Chang
On Sunday morning, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile high into the atmosphere. It fell into the Sea of Japan about five hundred kilometers downrange.
Pyongyang identified the missile as a Pukguksong-2, and claimed it was developed by North Korean technicians, but it may have been Chinese in origin.
President Trump on Monday said the U.S. has “a big, big problem” with North Korea. In fact, America may have a big, big problem with China. So before his administration crafts a policy, he needs to know where the Pukguksong-2 came from.
The consensus view is that the missile tested Sunday is the land-based version of the KN-11. A KN-11 was launched August 24 from below the surface of the Sea of Japan. Video released by Pyongyang shows Sunday’s missile igniting in midair after leaving its mobile launcher, mimicking a submarine-launched missile. ( To read the entire article, click here.......)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Source- The Diplomat
Author- Roncevert Ganan Almond
Over the past three years, through periodic observations, I have measured the rise of New Delhi Aerocity, the commercial complex adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport. Unlike the unruly and burgeoning outskirts of this megacity – the teeming slums, clogged arteries, impromptu shrines and haphazard construction – Aerocity is sterile and organized, and, hopefully, a secure compound of paned-glass modernity. Like its cousins, Gurgaon’s DLF Cyber City and Noida’s Jaypee Sports City, Aerocity is a planned urban-development with a specific commercial design, in this case an international business hub intended to enhance the airport’s economic engine beyond aeronautical activities, a common characteristic of our futuristic global age.
In the shadow of the future, history always awaits in India. At Aerocity, the nearby Delhi Metro connects you to the city center, and within half an hour you can wander through Old Delhi to Kashmiri Gate, locus of the siege of Delhi, a key battle during the Mutiny of 1857. Sometimes known as India’s First War of Independence, an event credited by Karl Marx as a national revolt, the Mutiny ushered in a new age in the history of the subcontinent and the world: the establishment of the British Raj and direct colonial rule, the beginning of an end. The Congress party – of Gokhale, Tilak, Gandhi and Nehru – would be founded a generation later. The seeds of change were planted in the reddened soil of Delhi. ( To read the entire article, click here...........)
|USS Zumwalt ( Image credits- Wikimedia Commons / General Dynamics Bath Iron Works)|
Source- The National Interest
Laser weapons will be developed through a three-phased approach in order to fire the weapon from destroyers at cruise missiles, drones, aircraft and small boats.
The U.S. Navy is moving at warp speed to develop lasers with more lethality, precision and power sources as a way to destroy attacking missiles, drones aircraft and other threats. ( To read the entire article, click here ......)