Worried India Shifts Defense Focus To China
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  • Anthony

    New Zealand to Seychelles covers a lot of blue south WRM but as Reuters immplies India’s concern is NorthEast as new era unfolds.

  • Jbird

    China & India both have McDonald’s restaurants and the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention means that there will be no war between the 2 mega-states. But if India’s worried about it the US should be happy to sell them plenty of boats and planes

  • Mark in Texas

    It is taking the Russians forever to deliver the aircraft carrier that the Indians bought. My suggestion is to sell India a few dozen F18s and throw in the Kittyhawk as a happy meal prize. What the heck, let them have all the F4s they want from Davis-Monthan. A bunch of them were reconditioned and have plenty of hours left.

  • RHD

    Preparedness and deterrence are almost always sensible policies in a dangerous world. But military conflict between major states requires that fundamental interests worth fighting about be in play. Small border areas of little intrinsic value don’t fit the bill, and the elites running both China and India and thier interests are very different today than they were 50 years ago. While it would certainly be sensible for India to be prepared to meet any challenge by the Chinese for hegemony in the region, the main threat to India remains the failed state armed with nukes next door. It’s anyone’s guess who will be running Pakistan in the short term, and it could quite easily turn out that fanatics like those running Iran may end up in charge. (The suicide raid in Mumbai a year or so ago was a stark reminder, if any were needed, about how that might turn out.) I suspect that thought gets a lot more attention in Delhi than any possible conflict with China. Of course, the modernization of the Indian military discussed in the Reuters piece serves both goals.

  • Multitude

    Don’t forget that India is in a multi-billion dollar venture with Sukhoi T-50 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14564311 ) for the generation of a fifth-generation fighter.

    It’s unfortunate that the U.S. doesn’t produce leading defense technologies or has an interest in sharing development efforts in cooperation with other leading global interests. Obama’s clearly a “go-it-alone by not going at all” foreign policy failure.

  • Too bad India’s old ally, the Soviet Union, is not around to protect them.

  • Mastro

    “It’s unfortunate that the U.S. doesn’t produce leading defense technologies or has an interest in sharing development efforts in cooperation with other leading global interests. Obama’s clearly a “go-it-alone by not going at all” foreign policy failure.”

    I think the F35 is about as international as you can get.

    We are selling a bunch of C17’s, P8’s and c130’s to India.

    I wonder if India’s immense corruption is why they favor Russia and France over US and UK for arms.

    To sum it up- we are making improvements with India- but might want to take it slowly- don’t need Russia getting F35 plans 5 minutes after we send them to India.

  • Of note, until recently (as recently as 2006) the US was *encouraging* China to be more assertive in the area.

  • Ken

    “India lost a 1962 war with China over disputed border territories…” I dare you to go into a bar in India and repeat that statement. If you did the Indo-reporter bar fight would end with the reporter stomped. India lost no territory in the war, it was mostly just a series of skirmishes around border post that China felt were too close to the border line.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Indian_War

  • JeremyR

    India isn’t interested in buying our old junk when other countries will sell them more modern stuff. Which is why they bought fighters from the French?

    And the F-35? That’s the fighter equivalent of the Edsel. And I imagine China will get one from Israel, like they did with the Lavi, but what they would want with it is beyond me.

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