China’s military spend beats India, Japan, Korea & Australia

IDD Explainer The Indo-Pacific is now global military hotspot. Military spends of countries have risen constantly in the past three decades. China is leading the dangerous race of weaponisation in the region. It is now spending much more on military than what India, Japan, South Korea and Australia spend collectively in an year. The data

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China continues nuclear-testing; is helping others develop ballistic missiles

IDD Bureau India now faces a new threat, China has been maintaining a high-level of nuclear activity and it continues to secretly conduct nuclear tests. Separately, Beijing, is helping countries develop ballistic missiles. A report of the US State department warns of this twin-threat which hreatens entire Indo-Pacific. The report is on ‘adherence to and

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Japan disrupts Submarine-tech, India & China can only catch up

IDD Bureau Japan has added a new dimension in submarine technology. It’s a benchmark of sorts, a  game changer, a disrupter which could lead to a ‘race’ in the Indo-Pacific as new-tech submarines would acquire an edge over the existing technology The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned a ‘conventional submarine’ that runs on

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Trump: ‘Modi and I revitalizing Quad’

IDD Bureau The ‘Quad’ or the strategic quadrilateral grouping comprising India, US, Japan and Australia is very much on the agenda, its contours are being worked out. In the past India has been reticent on the Quad, with its diplomats have been careful over how this Indo-Pacific grouping will  be seen by its edgy neighbour,

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MH-60R will provide India an ‘ASW’ edge over China

               IDD explainer IDD Bureau Imagine a scenario, a submarine of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is lurking under the waters either in the Arabian Sea along India’s west coast or in Bay of Bengal which forms the country’s east coast.  An Indian Naval warship is within close proximity, its carrying on deck a

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India races to match China, shortlists companies to make submarines

IDD Bureau India is now racing to match China in adding submarines to its naval  fleet. Almost a decade after it started a project to get six conventional diesel-electric submarines, India approved the short listing of two Indian and five foreign companies, who can be possible partners and make the submarines under a $7 Billion

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‘Brexit’ a bonanza for China, Indo-Pacific to be impacted

IDD Bureau  “Brexit” or Britain leaving the European Union – the biggest political and largest commercial union of the world– will be a windfall for China, aiding its rise further and posing problems, militarily, for others in the Indo-Pacific region. India, the US, Japan and Australia – notably all part of a ‘Quad’ – would

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Taiwan to buy 66 more F-16 jets from the US-based Lockheed Martin

IDD Bureau Despite its recent Isolationist approach to global issues, Washington is re-engaging the Indo-Pacific; Lockheed Martin – the US-based world’s biggest weapons manufacturer – will be selling 66 F-16 Vipers to Taiwan -Beijing’s principal bugbear. Taipei is estimated to pay to USD $ 8.1 Bn for the 66 fighters, according to Taiwan News. The island

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