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19 AUGUST, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1. There is a growing assertiveness of China and deteriorating relations of Pakistan with India. What transformations do the Indian Armed Forces need to make it more efficient and smart, capable of meeting present day challenges? (200 words)


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  • Osho Korde

    • India has been exceedingly defensive in its dealings with China despite grave provocations even when it was nowhere as strong as it is today.

    • China is now revealing more openly its imperious intent. It is adamantly opposing our NSG membership even though its interests are not directly affected.
    China argues that we are not NPT signatories, even though the non-proliferation regime is strengthened by our membership, which, indeed, was the rationale for exempting India from the NSG guidelines in the first place.
    China proclaims its commitment to combat international terrorism, but it has systematically blocked the designation of Masood Azhar and others as international terrorists by the relevant UN Security Council committee.

    • In both cases China has hyphenated our case with that of Pakistan, both to protect Pakistan’s interests and underline that China sees its dealings with India essentially from a South Asian regional perspective, not Asian, much less international.
    China’s reaction to our Agni IV and Agni V tests reveals the same haughtiness.
    Its spokesperson implied that these tests were illegitimate as they violated UN resolutions and endangered the strategic stability in South Asia.
    He added that if the international community recognised India’s right to develop ICBMs, it should recognise Pakistan’s right too.
    The hint here is that just as China expanded its nuclear cooperation with Pakistan to balance the India-US nuclear deal, it will assist Pakistan in further developing its missile capability.