An M-4 US-made semi-automatic rifle, 60 rounds in two magazines and seven M67 grenades were found attached to the drone, which had a winch mechanism to drop the consignment and fly back to Pakistan.The drone itself weighed around 17.5 kilograms and the consignment weighed around five or six kilograms. … [Read more...] about Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC yet again
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Like when India carried out the 1998 nuclear tests, France was the only country among the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council that did criticise or back sanctions against India. Even Russia had criticised New Delhi’s move though it was not supportive of the United States-led push for sanctions against India. China and the United Kingdom had supported the sanctions. … [Read more...] about Can count on us, France tells India as Rafale fighters take to the skies
In yet another tweet, Global Times cited analysts as saying that if the “China-India foreign ministers’ meeting fails to reach a positive result, or the two sides cannot execute the reached agreement at the front line, this could be a dangerous signal that China and India are unlikely to solve the crisis peacefully”. … [Read more...] about India, China ministers meet for key talks in Moscow amid tension on border
Given all of the above, > Mr. Modi might find that a new push to Beijing is worth making in a year India hopes to push for the elusive UN Security Council seat , and also given his desire to pursue the spirit of May 2014, when he invited leaders of all SAARC nations, including Pakistan, to his swearing-in ceremony. “A distant relative may not be as helpful as a near neighbour,” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had said during a visit to Delhi in 2013. The Prime Minister may well find that eastern neighbour helpful when considering its vexed relations with India’s western neighbour as well. … [Read more...] about China, the missing piece to the Pakistan puzzle?
The second is cementing international partnerships. Washington, obviously, has its own interests, and it is not going to come and fight India’s battles. But the United States remains, despite all its current challenges, the world’s pre-eminent power and indispensable in ensuring that the international order does not tilt towards China. It has also, on strategic questions, been a steadier partner than many in Delhi had assumed. India needs a frank discussion on whether it is time to partner with the US more substantially and openly. This has to be supplemented with a range of other partnerships, from sustaining ties with Russia to acting in concert with other middle powers. On this metric, the government has done a competent job. … [Read more...] about India needs a refined toolkit to manage China