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by ldev
11 Sep 2017 08:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121301

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

The other outcome which India can shape as an opportunity will be to explicitly confirm it's TN status during this crisis Sorry to be such a dolt - but what would the exact goal of such confirmation be? Would it be to reassure ourselves? Or threaten someone else? Or apply for some club membership b...
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 23:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121301

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

ramana wrote:Who is the TN for?
If there is break out then it makes sense but no need to break out before anyone else.

The bold part is exactly what I meant.
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 18:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121301

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

I didn't have the insight that KRN had but as the NoKo crisis heated up I mentioned to Ravi Rikhye that it looks like China wants the US to vacate Guam as a trade-off. RR wrote a very good article expanding on that in Swarajya. Very good article. Here's a great quote from it. This quote by the way ...
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 09:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121301

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

ldev, former President K.R. Narayanan in his earlier role as Director of China desk in MEA, wrote after the 1964 Chinese nuke test that the eventual objective of the Chinese is to drive the US out of Asia. There is an article in a newspaper today that Rohit Vats tweeted to me. Looks like it's well ...
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 09:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121301

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Trump team prepping aggressive actions for North Korea In addition, the administration is not ruling out moving tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea should Seoul request them, a White House official said, though many consider such a move a nonstarter. It would break with nearly three decades of ...
by ldev
09 Sep 2017 22:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?
Replies: 28
Views: 1931

Re: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?

Why is Japanese yen rising wrt $? I would think Japan is most likely to get hit even if NoKo mijjiles are intercepted in flight. The Japanese have more money invested/lent outside their own country than any other nation. In times of crisis such as the present they are taking their own money back ho...
by ldev
09 Sep 2017 22:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?
Replies: 28
Views: 1931

Re: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?

Negative. China will now give a TN to Pakistan to threaten India and claim that "rogue" North Korea gave Pakistan a proven TN design.
by ldev
09 Sep 2017 21:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121301

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

So China is comfortable with a thermo nuclear armed North Korea on it's border just as it is comfortable with a nuclear armed Pakistan on it's border. BUT it is not comfortable with a unified Korea under South Korean control AND US armed forces on it's border. That tell's you everything about how Ch...
by ldev
05 Sep 2017 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Multimedia - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2140
Views: 301273

Re: Military Multimedia Content

^^ For me what was even more spectacular was the landing after the demo flights at nearby Pearson Airport where the F22s were parked for the duration of the show. The F22 on one occasion flew about 500 feet over the runway along it's entire length and probably for no more than 1.5 kilometers beyond ...
by ldev
05 Sep 2017 17:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Multimedia - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2140
Views: 301273

Re: Military Multimedia Content

The F22 Raptor captured beautifully in this video doing a demonstration over Toronto in the last few days. For Shiv specially as the videographer fully captures the entire sequence of the aircraft's flight during the demo.

by ldev
04 Sep 2017 20:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Putin got the Merc, the others got local Chinese FAW Hongqi limos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAW_Group#/media/File:Red_Flag_L5_Limousine_(18423546376).jpg which have glorious history with Chinese characteristics. That is a Russian FSB Mercedes Benz S600 stretch that Putin is riding in. Depending...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 11:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4619
Views: 265102

Re: Deterrence

Huge range of possibilities of the actual yield of the DPRK test: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DI0v_4hUEAANDX5.jpg:large DrDinD_im him‏ @DrDinD 10h10 hours ago More Replying to @ArmsControlWonk It easily could be boosted fission at any of these levels. Not likely full staged h-bomb, agree? Jeffrey Le...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 10:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4619
Views: 265102

Re: Deterrence

@ldev: how do we achieve a 300-350kt yield without new testing ? The sooner we do this the better. No easy answers there - it's all tied into India's geopolitical positioning. I don't think in the near future India is going to test unilaterally, no matter which Party is in power. So the only other ...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4619
Views: 265102

Re: Deterrence

that implies some 150 high yield TN weapons spread among road mobile ICBMs and in the sea. and another 150 low yield anti-TSP weapons for 'tactical' use. its not option for india to be flattened and we registered a 'dharmic' protest by wiping out only 10 of the biggest cheen cities - cheen too must...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 09:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

The official arrival and welcome by Xi of the 4 other leaders at the summit venue. Watch from 20:00 onwards when Xi receives and shakes hands with the other 4 sequentially on stage. My take is that the Xi showed genuine warmth only when greeting Putin. For Zuma and the Brazilian President he kind of...
by ldev
29 Aug 2017 14:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Heres my next prediction.. PRC will pull this stunt again and this time, at 2-3 places with far more preparation. Hopefully, by then our recent mil-orders will have borne fruit & we will be better prepared for another staring contest. Its not in the nature of the PRC establishment to accept los...
by ldev
28 Aug 2017 14:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

The border at this location is disputed between China and Bhutan. China used to send it's border guards to patrol the area. It was only when China decided to alter that status quo by building/extending the road southwards that India sent it's troops in. If China has stopped the road building and pul...
by ldev
28 Aug 2017 14:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

From Indian MEA: The Indian ministry said the two sides had agreed to defuse the crisis following diplomatic talks. “In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam,” the ministry said in a statement. “On this basis, expeditious disengag...
by ldev
28 Aug 2017 05:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

China’s PLA readying missiles to stun Indian air power Although the headline contains the usual bravado and rhetoric, the article itself suggests that the PLA assumes that the IAF will have air supremacy in the event of a conflict and is trying to blunt the IAF's edge by deploying HQ-16 and HQ-17 A...
by ldev
24 Aug 2017 06:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1521
Views: 183837

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Pak is in a weird place now.. The only benefactor left is China (US, US, Japan and Arab Sunni powers are gone) and China may well find it challenging to prop up their shitty economy with grants and trade concessions. So far they have extended unaffordable loans and ports, bridges and roads to nowhe...
by ldev
23 Aug 2017 18:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Myanmar and Thailand are very much into Chinese camp, ex China will be building $5B HSR in Thailand soon. I don't think they'll assist us. Not really. Myanmar and Thailand are dealing with India as well and not specifically siding with China. The Chinese will build that railway because north to sou...
by ldev
23 Aug 2017 08:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

I am not opposed to Tibet joining India as it is an Indic civilizational cousin, but it won't be a "buffer" to anything. India's value add will be to let the Tibetans preserve their culture and civilization and be free. Please, it is such Asian "civilizational" solidarity and br...
by ldev
23 Aug 2017 08:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

The thrust of my earlier messages on this topic was that India needs a conventional attack capability that can target the Chinese heartland and coastal areas which is the center of gravity for Chinese economic power. And this has to be in response to an equivalent Chinese capability which can target...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 10:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

we can divide up tibet perhaps into a south tibet republic allied to india and a 'democratic' north tibet vassal state of the han. 50-50 in the spirit of panchsheel and asian brotherhood they so loudly proclaim. this was exactly what banditji should have done. and this is what was done by wiser hea...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 10:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

[But it is easier for me to live in the west and join the west than changing Indian vision about what is "the right thing to do" in this world. Fair enough. But with that view on the one hand and on the other hand the Chinese aim of global domination, be prepared to feel the Chinese squee...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 10:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

We neither learned what the Chinese wanted us to learn (i.e to respect them and their power) nor did we learn that western notions of "buffer states" and "rights" etc all flow from national economic and military power , not moral power and international treaties/kumbaya singing ...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 08:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Having Tibet as a buffer zone sounds good while looking at a map but geographically we have to cross 5-6000 meter mountains to get to Tibet via passes that are not open all year round and then settle in an area 4500 meters high. Keeping forces in that area supplied all year round from Indian lowlan...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 07:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Western tibet is better to hold than mountains of east The area near yunnan is a solid mass of mountains It will also cut off pok and put pressure in perpetuity on east turkestan And entire chumbi valley ofcourse In the West you are cutting of POK which will be surrounded by India on 3 sides. In th...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 07:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

I definitely agree with this concept of buffer.Tx shiv , nice video. A very simple way of looking at this is as follows: You are living in a house and there are some hoodlums who live in a house down the street. You can choose to barricade your house and sit inside with a crowbar and wait for the h...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 07:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

What military benefits would accrue from controlling land situated on average 4500 m high that still supports only 4 million people and food and fuel have to be brought in from elsewhere. I think that we have become immune to the concept of a buffer, a zone of land or water which provides essential...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 06:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Tibet is a buffer and whoever controls Tibet has the benefit of that huge buffer. China controls Tibet and hence is poised less than 50 kms from Chicken Neck while it's own heartland is far away from India. If India controlled all of Tibet imagine the military benefits of that huge landmass. The Ind...
by ldev
21 Aug 2017 08:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

As the Chinese economy and apparent military progress got bigger in the last 6-7 years and they started churning out copies of American ware from stealth planes to carrier ballet by PLAN men - there was an "equal and opposite" spike in American dhoti shivering (or jeans shivering?) and Am...
by ldev
21 Aug 2017 04:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

for all its worth

ITBP men with red banner :-) Posted in DFI

https://www.google.co.in/search?biw=360 ... rEg5FmWmlM:


Yay!!

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by ldev
20 Aug 2017 20:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

Nice article. The (retd) General believes that at the 'best' a limited war will take place, and that too it is unlikely to go beyond the Dokalam area. Nations armed with nuclear weapons do not, and I dare say, cannot fight a full scale conventional war that causes major loss of territory, large sca...
by ldev
20 Aug 2017 19:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

http://cdn.deccanchronicle.com/sites/default/files/28_1_0_0_0.jpg It is the Chinese soldiers who appear to have red banners as evidenced by this photograph from a past confrontation. The procedure AFAIK when patrols from the two sides confront each other is for each to show the other a banner in wh...
by ldev
20 Aug 2017 18:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

An older article from mid 2016 on the state of Indian defences in eastern Ladakh by Sujan Dutta of the Telegraph.

Untold beef-up on frontier
- How India has been redeploying troops in Ladakh
by ldev
20 Aug 2017 17:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2173
Views: 364699

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

^^ brar_w, as usual thank you for your encyclopedic knowledge!! By the way, I would give this transaction a better than 50:50 chance of success based purely on the man behind it, Vivek Lall, now with General Atomics, formerly with Boeing Commercial Aircraft and later with Boeing Defense Systems as I...
by ldev
20 Aug 2017 17:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 908240

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

schinnas wrote:@rajfortyseven
#China #PLA pelts stones at #India Army Video geolocated 33 43 12N 78 45 49E
PLA regularly violates engagement procedures stipulated earlier

https://twitter.com/rajfortyseven/statu ... 1557891072


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