Indian troops ready to deal with the Chinese: General Rawat

With the Chinese trying their best to wield influence over the Indian subcontinent, the Arrmy  Staff  General, Bipin Rawat is confident of the Indian army in protecting the country’s territorial sovereignty.

He went on to say that India would not concede any of its territories to any foreign power, let alone to the Red Dragon.

“India has the capability to make sure that ammunition can move from sector to sector, as more emphasis should be on building capacity to mobilize forces from western sector to northern sectors” expressed General Rawat.

India is putting in renewed efforts to strengthen its relationship with countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

“Concerns over digital information and its security has made it essential to have good firewalls and systems which has in turn made it a part of the national effort in ensuring cyber security” the army Chief said.

 Denying rumors that China might be funding terrorists to fight against India, General Rawat also assured that the Army is ready to handle mobilization during and after the winter months to meet with any threats on national security.

US Untroubled by growing Pakistan and China relationships

The suspension of security aid to Pakistan by the US would push Islamabad closer to China. The US has appeared untroubled with the ties and insisted that the two relationships are different.The source quoted “ Pakistan do want to build strong relations with both countries. But what China provides won’t be the same thing as the US had provided so far.”

The US government official said the government doesn’t have the authority to direct state banks and companies to invest in Pakistan, at the same time, China does not have the capacity either to supply the highest quality military equipment in the world.

The official also added that America does not have any problem with growing relation of Pakistan and China. They believe, China has invested a significant amount and has plans to invest more. Pakistan at current situation needs economic development and economic growth. In so, China’s ability to invest will contribute to Pakistan’s economic well-being, security, and stability.

The official proclaimed that the relationships are not due to US-Pak ties, and it is due to fact that China and Pakistan have had an age-old and convincing relationship.

“I think Pakistan needs to understand our relationship and what we offer to the table internationally is different than China. And it’s not necessary to choose relationships between China and the United States and they do want to build strong relations with both countries,” the state department official said.

Sources – NDTV, NewsOlive

US Untroubled by growing Pakistan and China relationships

The suspension of security aid to Pakistan by the US would push Islamabad closer to China. The US has appeared untroubled with the ties and insisted that the two relationships are different.

The source quoted “ Pakistan do want to build strong relations with both countries. But what they get from China is not necessarily going to be the same thing to get from the US and vice versa.”

The Us government official said the government doesn’t have the authority to direct state banks and companies to invest in Pakistan, at the same time, China does not have the capacity either to supply the highest quality military equipment in the world.

The official also added that America does not have any problem with growing relation of Pakistan and China. They believe, China has invested a significant amount and has plans to invest more. Pakistan at current situation needs economic development and economic growth. In so, China’s ability to invest will contribute to Pakistan’s economic well-being, security, and stability.

Noting the fact that Pakistan and China have had a longstanding and very strong relationship, the official proclaimed that the relationship has never arisen at the expense of US-Pak ties.

“I think Pakistan needs to understand our relationship and what we offer to the table internationally is different than China. And it’s not necessary to choose relationships between China and the United States and they do want to build strong relations with both countries,” the state department official said.

Sources – NDTV, NewsOlive

Chabahar Port Phase One launched

President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port on December 3rd. This advantageous port will provide an alternative route to the land-locked boundaries of Afghanistan and allow it open doors to global markets. It is also an important passage between India and Afghanistan, detouring the hindrances triggered by Pakistan. According to Hindu, the capacity of this new leeway extends from 2.5 million tons to 8 million tons. Through the construction of this port in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran; India, Afghanistan and Iran have reconfirmed their allegiance in ensuring peaceful bilateral trade and economic development. The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that the three countries are committed to solving disputes regarding regional connectivity.

Reports from The Times of India recognized the Chabahar port as a challenge to the Gwadar port of Pakistan, located 80 km away. This port developed by China is crucial to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. One of the key benefits of Chabahar port is that it will equip India is guarding Chinese activities in the Arabian Sea.

The first phase of the Chabahar port project – Shahid Beheshti port, will not only enhance India’s entry to Iran, but will also act as a chief pathway to the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), the water, railway and road links shared by Europe, India, Iran Russia and whole of Central Asia.

Sources: The Hindu, The Times of India 

Indian Navy strengthens its nuclear arsenal; kicks off nuclear submarine project

In an effort to project power and hone combat capabilities on high seas, India will be starting major military exercises. India is also planning to induct six nuclear-powered attack submarines, four nuclear-powered submarines with ballistic missiles and 18 diesel-electric submarines. This is seen as an attempt to counter China’s naval and military activity across the Indo -Pacific region. 

At present, the Navy’s arsenal includes 3 old conventional submarines, one indigenous SSBN in INS Arihant, which was commissioned last year, and an SSN in INS Chakra leased from Russia, which does not have nuclear-tipped missiles. The project was announced by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba. He stated that the Indian Navy was ready to assume a bigger role in the Indo-Pacific region, under the recent quadrilateral coalition between India, US, Australia, and Japan. The quadrilateral aims to establish ” a free open and prosperous and inclusive Indo Pacific region “. 

The acquisition of a range of submarines, weapon systems and warships has enabled the Navy to tackle a number of traditional and non-traditional security threats, Lamba added.

Sources: The Times of India, Times Now

U.S. – South Korea begin bombing drills, Russia – China commence naval activities

The U.S. military organized bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China started naval activities in front of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s atomic risk is probably going to pose as a potential threat.

The whirlwind of military drills came after Pyongyang fired mid-range ballistic rocket over Japan on Friday and the disruptive North led its 6th and most intense atomic test on Sept. 3 in resistance of United Nations sanctions and other international weight.

A couple of U.S. B-1B aircraft and four F-35 planes flew from Guam and Japan and joined four South Korean F-15K warriors in the most recent venture, South Korea’s guard service said.

The drills are the second part of China-Russian maritime activities this year, the initial segment of which was organized in the Baltic in July.

China and Russia have more than once called for arrangement and converses to resolve the issue.

On Sunday, U.S. Diplomat to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.N. Security Council had come up short on alternatives on containing North Korea’s atomic program and the United States may need to turn the issue over to the Pentagon.

Sources: SBS, Newsweek

Exiled Tibetans protest outside UN HQ in Geneva

Exiled Tibetans protested in front of the iconic “Broken Chair” in Geneva ahead of the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council Session against the atrocities being committed by the Chinese Government and demanded independence for Tibet.

Holding placards ‘Who is responsible for self-immolation -The Chinese government’ and raising slogans “we want justice”, exiled Tibetans protesters called for a “Free Tibet”.

ANI quoted Dawa Norbu, representative of Tibetan community of Switzerland, saying, “We are here to protest ahead of the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council Session meeting as we want to make them (UN members) aware of the prevailing human rights situation in Tibet. We want our voices to be heard and the reason is why UN is not acting against the Chinese government. We want to make them aware that what wrong Chinese Government has done in past few years.”, “Chinese have demolished Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute, one of the largest centres of Buddhist learning in Tibet. Now, they are trying to control the entire Buddhist institutes in Tibet,” he added.

Voicing concern over the increasing Chinese oriented development activities, others present at the protest voiced that they were concerned about indigenous Tibetans who live in the absence of freedom of speech, freedom to practice their religion, about arbitrary arrests that are made and the Human rights violation of those arrested who have no access to the lawyers, languishing in jails and deprived of justice.

Tibetans raised issues ranging from the gross violations of human rights in Tibet, the resurgence of immolation protests in Tibet to the 1949 China’s illegal occupation of Tibet.

Sources:ANI, Reuters