Sanjay Kumar writes: The Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology has made ground breaking progress in developing technology to send satellites into space via rockets delivered from Chinese aeroplanes. The Y-20 strategic transport plane is likely to be used for this purpose; once the plane reaches certain height it would release the rocket from its fuselage.
IS Panjrath Writes:Vipin Narang, author and Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program, set the cat among the pigeons by suggesting that India’s nuclear strategy, if not the doctrine, might be undergoing some significant changes.Narang’s analytical U-turn is not an isolated one-off observation.
Sandeep Jain Writes: Recently there were newspaper reports about Pakistan contemplating inclusion of Gilgit-Baltistan as another province of Pakistan. Pakistan it has become a catch 22 situation wherein, if they retain status quo then CPEC passes through disputed territory and India’s objections to CPEC gain legitimacy. On the other hand, if Pakistan declares Gilgit-Baltistan to be its province then it dilutes its own stance on J&K.
Zubin Bhatnagar writes: In South Asia, while the growing resurgence of Taliban and an increasing threat of IS in Afghanistan is in sharp focus of global and regional stakeholders; it seems that the rising threat of IS in Bangladesh and the Rohingya crises are not catching the required attention…a cause of concern for India.
Sandeep Jain Writes:China and India share the extended neighbourhood. Many small countries who are our immediate neighbours also think of China as their neighbour. Over a period of time China’s influence in these small countries has been constantly increasing. China has emerged as their largest trading partner in most cases. China is also willing to make substantial investments as also provide economic aid.