On September 10, the US Navy announced it was the first time that a carrier strike group was operating in the South China Sea with the advanced capabilities of the F-35C Lightning II and Navy CMV-22B Osprey tilt rotor helicopter.
the largest concentration of F-35 fighter jets – a fifth generation jet made by Lockheed Martin — carried out continuous cross deck operations for 48 hours in the Philippine Sea in the last fortnight of August.
India and the US now increasingly look at each to operate in tandem or in coordination in the Indo-Pacific and also in the Quadilateral, or the Quad – that has Australia and Japan besides US and India.
China is expanding its nuclear arsenal, adding longer range missiles, some with multiple warheads and is moving towards adopting a ‘launch-on-warning posture’ for its land-based long range nukes, called the inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s).
The scope includes: Out-pacing China; developing a National Defense Strategy; streamlining and strengthening cooperation with US allies and partners, particularly in the Indo-Pacific; bolstering deterrence; accelerate development of new operational concepts; emerging capabilities and future force posture.
‘new play book’ terming what he said was the new ‘cold war’ which had offence and defence. “You cannot defend your way through. Your strategy should not only be to retard China’s advance, we have to good ourselves”. There was a need to spend more. Put your finger on two fields where you just cannot play defensive, you got to play offence. It is about running faster than the other guy instead of just trying to slow the other guy down.
Clearly the missile is aimed at stopping the enemy far away from shores and the announcement comes in the middle of spat Australia has had with China after a spokesperson in Beijing tweeted a fake image of an Australian soldier killing a Afghan child.
India ready to issue a formal tender for a multi-billion dollar project to make six new-generation stealth submarines. A foreign manufacturer will tie-up with an Indian partner to make these under-sea vessels for nearly $ 7 Billion.
The Grand Jury concluded that Chinese nationals Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, were working with the Chinese Secret Service , the Ministry of State Security (MSS), and other agencies of the Chinese government to steal intellectual property over a period of more than 10 years.
“The Indo-Pacific region will continue to lead by most macroeconomic indicators, such as trade flows, net investment flows, and real GDP growth.