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by vijaykarthik
16 Apr 2018 22:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11859
Views: 846486

Re: Levant crisis - III

^, Amen, Austin.

Credit to Russia if they actually did play a game by moving air assets and have them flying during the missile attempt.

All this atleast points to the fact that russia won this round. Will lead to more pressure on DT through the deep state.
by vijaykarthik
16 Apr 2018 19:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11859
Views: 846486

Re: Levant crisis - III

Something very interesting happened. Even SOHR (Syrian observatory for Human rights), which is stubbornly anti-russia / Syria reported that close to 65 missiles were intercepted. If SOHR actually mentioned that, it means the Syrian air defense has worked wonders considered that they had really old b...
by vijaykarthik
09 Feb 2018 15:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 1125
Views: 125231

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

Thats my main quibble with this govt. This is the best we can currently put into power. But the govt still doesn't do what it needs to do when it has the opportunity. Then there is no point in blaming the Cong for 70 years of misrule when one can't do whats required while being in power. BJP will be...
by vijaykarthik
08 Dec 2017 17:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

China denies making impossible demands for collapsed US$14 billion infrastructure deal with Pakistan Beijing did not ask for ownership rights to Diamer-Bhasha dam, an unnamed official with China’s top planning agency was quoted on state media An official with China’s top planning agency said it doe...
by vijaykarthik
08 Dec 2017 17:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

China’s embassy in Islamabad has warned Chinese organisations and citizens in Pakistan to be on alert for potential terror attacks. SCMP TODAY: HK EDITION The embassy said in a statement on its website on Friday it had been informed that terrorists were planning “a series of attacks soon” against C...
by vijaykarthik
08 Dec 2017 08:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

It's just a temporary glitch, eventually the Han are going to come with much harsher conditions for financing those projects and also complete the projects faster.... They have staked too much on CPEC, they will not give up... Now ​they will unleash their intelligence services to purge those in PA ...
by vijaykarthik
08 Dec 2017 08:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

And it seems to be meritocratic....so a meritocratic dictatorship, then ? I think so. This is not something special to the PRC chinis. This is par for course among chini-types. Singapore. SoKo. Taiwan. And Japan. All meritocracies headed by strongmen ruling over single parties especially in their e...
by vijaykarthik
06 Dec 2017 19:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

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by vijaykarthik
06 Dec 2017 19:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

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by vijaykarthik
06 Dec 2017 15:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

^ Another 20-30 years and India will mention that they are looking upto China to learn a lot about Buddhism and the ideas of non-violence and Dharma.
by vijaykarthik
05 Dec 2017 15:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

INSTC to be operationalised mid-2018. It was about a decade and a half in the making - much older than the OBOR/SREB renamed as BRI.
by vijaykarthik
29 Nov 2017 08:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1348
Views: 144250

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Purported range of approx 13k kms. Did Xi's point man also gift these guys the missile and the required things last week? All the while the US media ranted about the missile not even capable of reaching Guam. Now they speak about anywhere in the world, NY, DC etc. Did the US shrink overnight geograp...
by vijaykarthik
28 Nov 2017 09:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive news from the Middle Kingdom
Replies: 66
Views: 7813

Re: Positive news from the Middle Kingdom

^ The Chinese think that their sh!t doesn't stink. I found this funny considering the topic that was under discussion - a septic tank blast : “We were having tea and bwaaaah! It knocked my mother off her stool. It was incredibly loud ,” said a local woman who lives about 400 metres (yards) from the ...
by vijaykarthik
24 Nov 2017 13:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Tibet wants to stay with China, says Dalai Lama - ToI Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Thursday that Tibet did not seek independence from China but greater development. Speaking at an interactive session hosted by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here, he said, "We are not seeking...
by vijaykarthik
24 Nov 2017 08:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

OTOH (on the other hand): I wish Aus tells Beijing the all relevant parties act calmly and ensure that all relevant interests are taken care of without targeting any one single region. Beijing criticises Australia over South China Sea policy China has criticised Australia for making "irresponsi...
by vijaykarthik
23 Nov 2017 20:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

South Korea must keep THAAD’s prying eyes away from China, foreign minister says Wang Yi meets his South Korean counterpart to pave the way for presidential visit next month Beijing has again urged Seoul to ensure that a US anti-missile system installed in southern South Korea not infringe on China...
by vijaykarthik
22 Nov 2017 19:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Mugabe’s exit will make Zimbabwe even closer to China, say Chinese analysts Man poised to take over as head of state has previous ties to Beijing and the need to open up the economy will create further opportunities for cooperation, say observers Robert Mugabe’s resignation in Zimbabwe after 37 yea...
by vijaykarthik
22 Nov 2017 19:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ‘snubs’ China in failure to repay diplomatic favour If confirmed, Kim’s unwillingness to meet Xi Jinping’s special envoy would underline Beijing’s limited influence over its neighbour, analysts say The failure of North Korean and Chinese officials to arrange a meeting betw...
by vijaykarthik
22 Nov 2017 19:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Beijing, Washington move closer to trade war as Donald Trump-led investigations target China ‘Washington consensus’ on China flips from encouraging engagement to retaliation and suspicion US President Donald Trump’s mantra before and since his tour of Asia earlier this month touted the need for cou...
by vijaykarthik
22 Nov 2017 19:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1348
Views: 144250

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

North Korean air force is scoring without even starting their engines. Now at least 3 US planes are down, with a hefty death toll. 2 ships heavily damaged, with hefty death toll. Several US commanders fired. $$B being spent keeping 3 entire Carrier Groups on station, even through Thanksgiving. Will...
by vijaykarthik
22 Nov 2017 09:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

just thinking a wild scenario: What if China and Pak come to exchange blows on CPEC takeover of the land of pure, will India support "'Yellow Light" or will go for "Green Light" Would be interesting to see chinese approach in dealing with terrorism :) Needle both and ribelate Ti...
by vijaykarthik
22 Nov 2017 09:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

Why are the Hans obsessed with the Himalayas in general? Is it a generic strategy to have Bharat so scared that they can roll in through the plains if they control all the high lands? Since time immemorial, the hans have been at times wary, envious, scared, jealous, watchful, admiring, lustful, cau...
by vijaykarthik
21 Nov 2017 16:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

Why are the Hans obsessed with the Himalayas in general? Is it a generic strategy to have Bharat so scared that they can roll in through the plains if they control all the high lands?
by vijaykarthik
21 Nov 2017 16:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

That's how the Chinese were able to fool the American corporations. Initially they will agree to all the conditions you put on paper. Later (once profits start) they will say, this condition needs special agreement, they will add some conditions such as "our party guy would be one of the board...
by vijaykarthik
21 Nov 2017 12:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

China’s aircraft carrier conundrum: hi-tech launch system for old, heavy fighter jets PLA Navy’s J-15s, based on a Soviet design more than 30 years old, are world’s heaviest carrier-based fighters China’s second home-grown aircraft carrier could be a world-class warship if it uses a domestically de...
by vijaykarthik
21 Nov 2017 08:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

NK has been put under the list of states which sponsor terror.

Cheen has two tellolist friends now: Pakistan and Nolth Kolea. Deepel than oceans and sweetel than honey. Tallel than mountains.

Excellent. Will Trump also announce a trade war with China?
by vijaykarthik
19 Nov 2017 13:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

Correction So the throughput of the CPEC corridor should be between $3.65 billion [1/10 of 0.5% 1% of the Chinese global trade] @ 100 trips per day and $36.5 billion [ 0.5% 1% of the Chinese global trade] @ 100x10 trips per day. While the correction essentially doubles the % it does not change the ...
by vijaykarthik
18 Nov 2017 11:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

^ the chance of Pakistan doing ANYTHING without bankrupting itself, given the current revolving debt, is by itself SLIM. Let alone CPEC. :) On a different note: Does anyone remember the Nicaragua Canal? The chinese billionaire broke ground to make progress and rival the Panama canal. No one knew the...
by vijaykarthik
17 Nov 2017 16:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

If true, its shocking. The many tentacles of Cheen power. Zimbabwe Coup Plotters Reportedly Asked For China's Permission Before Deposing Mugabe By Geoffrey Smith November 16, 2017 The men who plotted the overthrow of Zimbabwe’s long-serving President Robert Mugabe asked China for permission first, a...
by vijaykarthik
17 Nov 2017 13:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

We can always adjust saying we have an ocean and China just has a shallow sea.
by vijaykarthik
16 Nov 2017 21:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

^ in the case of China, Chinese company vs Chinese country ambition really blurs in cases where the company does work on something as important as OBOR / CPEC etc. I would rather go one step ahead and mention that its virtually impossible for the company to do its own bidding if that flies in the fa...
by vijaykarthik
16 Nov 2017 14:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1363
Views: 223789

Re: Analyzing CPEC

^ whole point is that the regions which are of vital interest - PoK should basically be taken away from Pak. That will put the OBOR in the stretcher and send the guys who are looking upbeat on the success of the project, to the cleaners.
by vijaykarthik
16 Nov 2017 13:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Continuing on my earlier theme: it does look like Trump has taken the news to China head on. Atleast the signs of action seem to point in the direction. Donald Trump again urges halting North Korea’s nuclear programme through ‘maximum pressure’ US president, speaking after a 12-day tour of Asia, als...
by vijaykarthik
16 Nov 2017 07:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Senior Chinese diplomat to visit North Korea as envoy of Xi BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese diplomat will visit North Korea from Friday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing said, although it did not say he was planning to discuss North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic progr...
by vijaykarthik
15 Nov 2017 23:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

^ you are looking at a world purely from a B&W prism. From that angle, all the while we had Pax Americana, your theory would suggest that the ROW didn't exist and China was nowhere. Geopolitics is a long story and has too much history. If we fail today, its more important to stay another day and...
by vijaykarthik
15 Nov 2017 20:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

LOL. If they face the problem squarely in places like Doklam, they will end up with the curious case of "Cutting off the nose to spite the face". I would love to see that happen in my time in Earth. On a side note, SS - interesting to see all that you have mentioned. If only Trump went and...
by vijaykarthik
15 Nov 2017 16:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3221
Views: 478325

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

From NW - mainly for fun purpose. But note a few interesting points. Per the Pakis, The Indian govt has allocated 500 mn USD to sabotage CPEC. If only Pakis allocate some sense before they can speak. Interesting that all this is coming up in the aftermath of the first shipment of wheat through Chaba...
by vijaykarthik
15 Nov 2017 09:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 836
Views: 139857

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

We need to capitalize on this first move and make it look stronger. Gone are the days when we can do it at our own pace - we need to take projects up at a much quicker pace than what we knew / did till now. If it means we take US / Japan help / know how, so be it. We probably need a separate ministr...
by vijaykarthik
15 Nov 2017 09:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 836
Views: 139857

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Another interesting read: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/at-the-heart-of-the-pakistan-iran-india-tango-lies-chabahar-port-first-shipment-to-afghanistan-4932613/ At the heart of the Pakistan-Iran-India tango lies Chabahar The operationalization of Chabahar port is significant because India ...
by vijaykarthik
15 Nov 2017 09:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1071732

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

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