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China’s ALASA : Satellite Launch from Aircraft

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.

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Murmurs of Nuclear Instability in South Asia : Is Someone Shaping the Narrative?

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.

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Gilgit-Baltistan Part of J&K, Pakistan in Illegal Occupation

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.

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Increasing Chinese Footprint in India’s Neighbourhood: Implications and Options 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.