Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Fwd: India’s quest for armed drones+Reclaming India's leverage in Tibet+India will suffer worse losses than 1962 if it incites border clash

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From: Sanjeev Nayyar

1. If New Delhi Is Wary Of Israel's Ties With China, Jerusalem Is Looking At India And Iran As Well 4.7.17 by jaideep prabhu
Today, trade between Israel and China stands at over $11 billionalmost three times that between Israel and India. Chinese firms have invested substantially in the Israeli economy, acquiring a controlling stake in several companies and donating to Israeli universities and research labs to establish technological academic institutes.
'Given India's complex security challenges, UAVs have the potential to aid the Indian military not only in fighting wars but also in intelligence and surveillance.'
2a. India will suffer worse losses than 1962 if it incites border clash OPED 4.7.17
'India should look in the mirror. It was not able to refute the evidence of illegal border-trespassing and coerced its small neighbor Bhutan to shoulder the blame. India has long treated Bhutan as a vassal state, a rare scene under modern international relations.
If New Delhi believes that its military might can be used as leverage in the Donglang area, and it's ready for a two-and-a-half front war, we have to tell India that the Chinese look down on their military power.
The more unified the Chinese people are, the more sufficient conditions the professionals will have to fight against India and safeguard our interests. This time, we must teach New Delhi a bitter lesson.
'The vast Tibetan plateau, encompassing an area greater than Western Europe, separated the two civilizations throughout history, limiting their interaction to sporadic cultural and religious contact. Today, Tibet remains at the center of the China-India divide, fueling territorial disputes, diplomatic tensions and feuds over river-water flows.
The more accommodative that India has become of China's claims and concerns over Tibet, the more assertive Beijing has been in upping the ante. For example, in ratcheting up the Arunachal Pradesh issue in recent years, Beijing has contended that the region -- almost three times larger than Taiwan -- must be "reunified" with the Chinese state to respect Tibetan sentiment. The flimsy basis of its historical claim has been exposed by the Dalai Lama, who has publicly declared that Arunachal was never part of Tibet.
According to Aquastat, a database maintained by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 718 billion cu. meters of surface water a year flows out of the Tibetan plateau and the Chinese regions of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia to neighboring countries. Of that amount, 48.33% runs directly into India. In addition, Nepal's Tibet-originating rivers drain into India's Gangetic basin. So no country is more vulnerable than India to China's current focus on building cascades of large dams on international rivers.
India can reclaim its Tibet leverage by emphasizing that its acceptance of China's claim over Tibet hinged on a grant of genuine autonomy to the region. A braver Indian approach would include showing Tibet in its official maps in a different color from the rest of China and using expressions such as "the Indo-Tibet border," instead of "the India-China border."
3. Modi-Trump meet: Tangible gains for US, intangible benefits for India 5.7.17 by d ravikanth
'The latest deals between the US and India seems like a balance sheet of material deliverables bagged by the US, and the uneconomic brownie points scored by India. But why blame the US when the smart foreign policy mandarins of India are prepared to negotiate such smart deals with Washington in which economics takes a back seat while illusory political/strategic objectives propel the outcomes. Unfortunately, today's politics is driven by economics. '
4. Modi in Israel, refines ties 5.7.17 by lt gen ata hasnain
5. Pakistan foreign policy challenges 5.7.17 by talat masood
'Further, the slow pace of the Chabahar port project has irked the Iranians and they have indicated that despite India developing the project, it won't be exclusive to the country. Pakistan and China might also be invited to get involved.'
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
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