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Will China Collapse?
Claude Arpi | 30 Apr , 2016 3 comments
Will China Collapse?

Being a China watcher is a difficult job. It can however make you rich or famous, provided you write something many in the West will enjoy: the announcement of the Middle Kingdom’s ‘coming collapse’. Unfortunately, wishful thinking is often (not to say never) followed by reality. …The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi...

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Why India’s Own Navigation Satellite System Will Be A Boost For Its Armed Forces
admin | 29 Apr , 2016 1 comment
Why India’s Own Navigation Satellite System Will Be A Boost For Its Armed Forces

The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is a step closer to reality with the launch of the seventh and final satellite of the system—the IRNSS-IG. With this, India will now have its own indigenously built navigation satellite system. The planned completion of the IRNSS comes at exactly the much needed time-frame for the...

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Acting East: Securing the India-Myanmar Border
Acting East: Securing the India-Myanmar Border

Almost a year before 20 soldiers of the Indian Army’s 6th Dogra Regiment were killed in a brutal offensive by Naga-Manipuri militants along the India-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Chandel district, the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj announced a decisive move from India’s earlier ‘Look East’ to a new ‘Act East’ design for...

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The last Ruling King of India
Ravi Rohmetra | 28 Apr , 2016 0 comments
The last Ruling King of India

“Maharaja Hari Singh” a patriotic daring, dignitary and dynamic personality of the royal family   ascended to the throne of Jammu & Kashmir State in 1925. He gained acclamation for being “The Last Ruling King of Independent India”. Since he continued to be Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir till 5th November 1952. He was born on 23rd...

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China: Civilian intrastructure used for military purpose on the plateau
Claude Arpi | 27 Apr , 2016 1 comment
China: Civilian intrastructure used for military purpose on the plateau

I have often written about the dual use of the infrastructure in China (andparticularly on the Tibetan plateau). Yesterday, Xinhua reported that during their bi-monthly session, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) discussed a new law on national defense transport. The concept behind the new law is that the national...

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