India

East and South China Seas

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The conventional wisdom in geopolitical circles is that a war between the United States and China is not going to happen — not now, not tomorrow – simply because their economies are intricately intertwined with one another like the fabled Gordian Knot. Destroying each other would be like committing a suicide pact. And why would they do that? Are they out Read More …

An aerial view of the first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.An aerial view of the first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

By PTI The Economic Times BEIJING: Describing the launch of India’s indigenous aircraft carrier and Japan’s biggest warship since World War II as a threat to China, a report in the state-run media today alleged some countries are backing New Delhi to balance Beijing’s power. The launch of India’s INS Vikrant and Japan’s helicopter carrier serve as a warning for China, said an article on Read More …

INS Vikrant
Naval milestone: India launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier
at a shipyard in Kochi, Kerala state.

Source: The Federalist China’s submarines worry Indian Navy India launches a new aircraft carrier to help counter China. An increasing number of Chinese submarines venturing into the Indian Ocean Region pose a grave danger to India’s security interests, a classified Indian defence ministry document has revealed. Citing subsurface contact data shared by US forces, the document said at least 22 contacts were recorded with vessels Read More …

India introduced the country's first aircraft carrier aimed at helping the municipality become better protected from China and Pakistan according to the Los Angeles Times.(Photo : Reuters)

Agence France Press KOCHI – India unveiled its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier on Monday, a landmark moment in the $5 billion project that seeks to project the country’s power and check the rising influence of China. When the INS Vikrant comes into full service in 2018, India will join an elite club of nations that have designed and built their own aircraft carriers including Britain, Read More …

China's devil tongue

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the increasingly aggressive behavior of China in claiming 80% of South China Sea and part of East China Sea, China’s neighbors are arming themselves and banding together to deter Chinese expansionism. China began grabbing islands in 1974 when she attacked Vietnamese naval forces in the Paracel Islands (called Xisha Islands by China) on January 19, 1974. On that fateful day, Read More …

Xi-Jinping-and-Politburo

By Dean Cheng The Foundry Heritage.org Amidst all the regional concerns about North Korea, the Senkaku dispute between China and Japan has continued to fester. This past week, the situation has escalated, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry specifically stating that the Senkakus are a “core interest.” General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed that the Chinese had used this term Read More …

The disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea (AFP)

By Shinzo Abe Project Syndicate, 2012 Japan -TOKYO – In the summer of 2007, addressing the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament as Japan’s prime minister, I spoke of the “Confluence of the Two Seas” – a phrase that I drew from the title of a book written by the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh in 1655 – to the applause and stomping approval of the assembled Read More …

String-of-Pearls.4

Source: The Island (Sri Lanka)  CHITTAGONG – In the port of Chittagong, containers pile up like colorful cubes of sugar. Dozens of ships scurry down the estuary of the Karnaphuli, the river that winds around the economic capital of Bangladesh to finally stream down into the Bay of Bengal. The port is bustling. The newly built mooring container terminal (NCT) is beautiful, with an extension Read More …

China-India-map

India drew a line in the sand in 2012. Look for New Delhi to take a tougher stance in 2013. By Jason Overdorf Global Post NEW DELHI, India — New Delhi stopped backpedaling and drew a line in the sand for Beijing in 2012, bolstered by support from Southeast Asia and America’s pivot toward the Pacific. Look for more tough talk from India in 2013 Read More …

India's Navy goes blue-water

By Neeta Lal Asia Sentinel Navy chief’s threat to send forces if need be complicates an already tense situation Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by “sending forces” if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts Read More …