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by RamaT
16 Nov 2010 15:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Australia News and Discussion
Replies: 1957
Views: 251577

Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

I have lost all respect for Australian law and Police. I was hoping against all odds that at least the law will not be biased and we will see severe punishments handed down to these racist thugs but alas. Time to seriously start thinking about moveing out of this white pakistan. Disagree completely...
by RamaT
16 Nov 2010 15:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

In my messages earlier I pointed to two strategies the Pakistanis are exploring to join more deeply with the Chinese: 1. Oil shipped from the Arabian sea through them to China. 2. Mineral resource mining such as iron, copper, etc. How can the above be countered by India? Are there other angles that ...
by RamaT
16 Nov 2010 15:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Failing for the 'aam admi'? sure. But the question is does that weaken the governing apparatus? and if it doesn't then I would argue that until the point that it does it has no real impact in the order of things as they are. <snip> The future is unwritten, Pakistan may or may not break up.. neither...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 15:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 2027
Views: 209515

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

CEPA done. http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/restofasia/India-Japan-conclude-negotiations-on-CEPA/Article1-617850.aspx They said the CEPA will be truly comprehensive by including fields that range from Trade in Goods, Investment, Trade in Services, and Movement of Natural Persons to Intellectu...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 13:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 2027
Views: 209515

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

A bit of wishful thinking, but getting beyond Nuclear the dream project that I would love to see is India and Japan collaborating on a fifth generation fighter similar to how we are working with the Russians. A merger of the AMCA program(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Medium_Combat_Aircraft) ...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 11:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Deficits, loans, remittance inflows and US grants.. this has been brought up before earlier in the thread. Whatever the originator, the GDP has grown.. and the longer the Pakistanis are able to play their game it will continue doing so. The purpose of this thread(according to the first two posts) w...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 10:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

So can you tell me how fast the unmeasured parts of the economy grew? :rotfl: <snip> This is as good a source as I have found, if you have better I'd be very appreciative if you could point me to it. however large the black/rural economy is.. 10%, 30%, 50%, it's not going to grow at large rates wit...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Over the last 15 years, Pakistan has shown 2 years of growth above 7% (though never above 8%) - 2004 and '05. This coincides with the years when the global economy was robust ( you can overlay a graph of India's growth and see that the highs are reached at the same time)...Don't think it has anythi...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 09:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

My point was to look at the measurable fact.. and a measured 9% growth rate under Musharraf is fact. Can you provide some backup for this assertion? I'm using the World Bank Development indicators as browsable through http://www.google.com/publicdata and for some reason I made a mistake and read 20...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 09:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

the conclusion that Pakistan is going to fall apart is not the inevitability that this thread assumes. Whare does this therad assume that? Um.. the first post of the thread by Prem? "The economic collaspe of Pakistan is not a question of if but when ." The army - The center of the Paki el...
by RamaT
15 Nov 2010 09:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

3.5 friends, as everyone here calls them - When both the USA and China are counted among them, the 1st and 2nd largest economies on the planet, then that's a really big advantage. Loans/grants/etc, the Pakis are willing to sell themselves for the next hit of money and these two are happy to oblige....
by RamaT
14 Nov 2010 14:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 835040

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

you know shiv - your model above corresponds quite well to the apartheid era south african economy world class ultra modern amenities and infrastructure for 2-3m and full-on 3rd world for 30m replace feudals with white farmers and landowners and the rest pretty much fits This is an apt starting poi...
by RamaT
26 Oct 2010 04:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 557966

Re: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions

The Chanos presentation is from January.. I've watched it, everyone's watched it.. that doesn't change the fact that the Chinese have managed it, so far.. the possibility of a 'soft landing' increases daily. I think they wil be able to extend the landing, a-la the Japanese except they have the funda...
by RamaT
25 Oct 2010 05:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 557966

Re: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions

Good view on the steps the Chinese can take to unwind their asset bubble and what each options consequences will be. As the table implies, the discussion about the timing and sequencing of the necessary adjustment policies depends heavily on political considerations and on the relative ability of th...
by RamaT
19 Sep 2010 16:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 1057591

Re: China Military Watch

I wonder if the French attitude would be adjusted if we were to award them the MMRCA for the Rafaele. Russia has no compunctions but with US on one side and Indian money on the other it might be enough. EU Remains Torn On Lifting China Arms Embargo Defense News We discussed delivering arms to China ...
by RamaT
19 Sep 2010 14:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

(I am just re-stating the basics as few here TonyMontana, etc. seem want to paint India as the aggressor while obfuscating the Chinese role.) The argument against the Chinese boils down to a few simple points: 1. They thought that India would stay 'backwards', it has not and so they are taking steps...
by RamaT
14 Sep 2010 14:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 557966

Re: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions

Hopefully after the US works up the backbone to do something about this those in Delhi will as well. Some background: If discussion of Chinese currency policy seems confusing, it’s only because many people don’t want to face up to the stark, simple reality — namely, that China is deliberately keepin...
by RamaT
12 Sep 2010 12:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009
Replies: 3245
Views: 380042

Re: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009

Somehow missed this the first time around.. lays out the Cheeni/Paki/SA nexus clearly for all to see. Mr. F. is read by a great deal of US influencers and has a deep reservoir of respect and goodwill to tap upon so his proclamations are taken quite seriously. Brings a smile to my face that the BS th...
by RamaT
11 Sep 2010 19:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 557966

Re: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions

http://nextbigfuture.com/2010/09/chinas-building-high-speed-rail-economy.html China has become the country with the fastest development, most complete systematic technologies, strongest assembly capacity, the greatest length of track, highest operational speed and the largest project scale of high-s...
by RamaT
11 Sep 2010 15:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

One consistent theme I find on here and in the media are the prevalence of the following common thought processes: 1) India is naive and innocent: I don't think any other nation view India as naive and innocent. At various times India has put its interest above other countries pressures and concern...
by RamaT
11 Sep 2010 14:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009
Replies: 3245
Views: 380042

Re: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009

Looks like the chinese are in a hurry to start off a war asap. Seems like they do not want to give India enough time to prepare for the inevitable war. +1. Currently the Cheeni's have the N. advantage.. our Agni program is far behind their deterrent and will take till 2015 to cover their whole terr...
by RamaT
11 Sep 2010 13:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2601
Views: 286041

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

I am just being cautious. There is not a single Islam majority country that has showed positive correlation of secularism with prosperity. In fact there seems to be a negative correlation, or perhaps independence from the prosperity angle. Indonesia, Malaysia prospered - so did Islamism. Turkey pro...
by RamaT
11 Sep 2010 11:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

This must be stopped, it will cost blood.. but the alternatives are greater pain in the future. An early spring campaign would be best.. after Obama's visit before the thaw sets in so that we can use the weather to our advantage. The strings have to be cut, there can be no common border between the...
by RamaT
11 Sep 2010 11:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

BR has this attitude that the dissolution of TSP is self-evident however there are major forces keeping it together.. US since 2000 and a lesser degree China but that role is going to flip in the next 3-5 years. Afghanistan is going to be wound down to some degree and US will work on containment bu...
by RamaT
10 Sep 2010 02:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

+1, In every possibility it is TSP destruction which makes India freer to flex its muscle peacefully. Hence the TSP dissolution should be number one priority (which will be opposed by 3.5 friends particularly the top 2 ones). Having TSP around however weak makes India cast a wary eye on it because ...
by RamaT
09 Sep 2010 16:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

The message is percolating up.. let us hope the ones in power understand and show some backbone. CPC does not respect anything except pain-points, lets give them a boatload! http://the-diplomat.com/china-power/2010/09/09/chinas-india-image-problem/ So how does he recommend the Indian government resp...
by RamaT
09 Sep 2010 12:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

Acharya wrote:RamaT, Very detailed post and good effort. Thanks for thinking thru it.


Thanks Acharya Ji.. still getting my feet under me, appreciate it.
by RamaT
09 Sep 2010 12:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

*Copying posts over from old US & PRC thread.* One need not give directly. Basically Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are all in a position to build nuclear weapons. They have the technology more or less. The only country which should have nuclear weapons, but does not, is Vietnam. That is the only...
by RamaT
09 Sep 2010 11:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 433467

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

*Copying posts over from the US & PRC thread.* China, then, has three possible future paths. In the first, it continues to grow at astronomical rates indefinitely. No country has ever done that, and China is not likely to be an exception. The extraordinary growth of the past thirty years has cre...
by RamaT
08 Sep 2010 18:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: US and PRC relationship & India
Replies: 2010
Views: 210317

Re: US and PRC relationship & India

One need not give directly. Basically Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are all in a position to build nuclear weapons. They have the technology more or less. The only country which should have nuclear weapons, but does not, is Vietnam. That is the only country India actually needs to provide the neces...
by RamaT
08 Sep 2010 16:33
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)
Replies: 2858
Views: 369485

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)

Therefore, those willing to settle for 8% are selling this country short. We cannot settle for anything less than the best we can do — nothing short of 10% annualised growth for the next several decades. Consider that our trillion dollar economy today, growing at a rate of 8% over 20 years to 2030,...
by RamaT
08 Sep 2010 15:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: US and PRC relationship & India
Replies: 2010
Views: 210317

Re: US and PRC relationship & India

China, then, has three possible future paths. In the first, it continues to grow at astronomical rates indefinitely. No country has ever done that, and China is not likely to be an exception. The extraordinary growth of the past thirty years has created huge imbalances and inefficiencies in China’s...
by RamaT
27 Aug 2010 16:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Pakistan's failure
Replies: 3241
Views: 227206

Re: Managing Pakistan's failure

Sad news in NY Times today.. well, sad for the Cheenis and Pakis. Every year delayed is a year for us to grow and thrive and render these strategic projects to pressure India irrelevant. Jai Ho! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/world/asia/27flood.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=128290689...
by RamaT
27 Aug 2010 14:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2601
Views: 286041

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

You seem to be missing my point, I'm not arguing the past or the way that Sufis may or may not have cloaked their militant aims within a peaceful song. I'm willing to agree to every point you've made about past behavior, having said that there is something different happening in BD currently.. on tw...
by RamaT
27 Aug 2010 12:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2601
Views: 286041

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Thanks again Akalam ji, I was referring to BD in itself.. when traditional communities meet western values I have noted the outcome is a rainbow, with the whole spectrum represented. It saddens me that true freedom is not in BD yet.. but there is a definite step, let us hope BD society is strong and...
by RamaT
25 Aug 2010 13:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2601
Views: 286041

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Thanks for the info AKalam ji, to the second part of my question.. is conversion/atheism a choice for those that wish it?
by RamaT
23 Aug 2010 13:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2601
Views: 286041

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

I was a bit surprised to see this news, pleasantly. Freedom is the only long-term answer and my respect for BD society just went up considerably. I wonder if this means if someone Muslim chooses to be Atheist they are able to without repercussions(officially, not family/clan). Anyone know the breakd...
by RamaT
22 Aug 2010 02:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 3942
Views: 436159

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

US may or may not consider India a partner at the moment.. but that is not the point. The point is that the relationship between the two countries has increased over the past decade. This is of interest to the US and India for their own reasons, as it should be. The US can be a tool for Indian strat...
by RamaT
21 Aug 2010 13:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 3942
Views: 436159

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

Hmm.. this is not good on many levels. First, as mentioned already.. US trying to exert pressure on Bhopal is foolhardy and will generate Indian pique(appropriately). However there is a deeper issue of broader dialogue and engagement, this has been sought by India and is considered a strategic goal....
by RamaT
21 Aug 2010 11:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: US and PRC relationship & India
Replies: 2010
Views: 210317

Re: US and PRC relationship & India

I think China's fomenting of Maoists in Nepal is mainly due to fears of a rising India, but was immediately triggered by the arrival of US troops nearby in Afghanistan. At that point China realized that US could be in the region near its vulnerable western borders for a long time, and they decided ...

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