In­dia-France ink 14 key agree­ments dur­ing French Pres­i­dent’s visit

SP's MAI - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK - Jayant Baran­wal Pub­lisher & Editor-in-Chief

France has had a strong re­la­tion­ship with In­dia for ap­prox­i­mately the last six decades. France re­mains a ma­jor part­ner of In­dia in de­vel­op­ing var­i­ous key mil­i­tary plat­forms. The two navies reg­u­larly con­duct joint naval ex­er­cises named ‘ Varuna’ since 2000. Dur­ing Pres­i­dent Macron’s visit to In­dia dur­ing March 2018, In­dia and France inked 14 key agree­ments in strate­gic ar­eas of se­cu­rity, nu­clear en­ergy, and pro­tec­tion of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion. Pres­i­dent Macron said, “We want In­dia as our first strate­gic part­ner here, and we want to be In­dia’s first strate­gic part­ner in Europe, and even the western world.” France sup­ports In­dia’s bid to the NSG and UNSC and both have re­it­er­ated their sup­port to the In­dian Ocean Rim As­so­ci­a­tion (IORA).

There is a de­tailed ex­po­sure on the im­pact of Xi Jin­ping be­ing made Pres­i­dent for Life on March 20, 2018, when he stated that, “the Chi­nese peo­ple have been in­domitable and per­sis­tent. We are re­solved to fight the bloody bat­tle against our en­e­mies, and on the ba­sis of in­de­pen­dence we are deter­mined to recapture the relics.” In­dia ‘s prob­lems with China span il­le­gal Chi­nese claims in Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Ladakh and Dok­lam stand off. The pres­ence of the rev­er­ent 14th Dalai Lama and the Ti­bet Govern­ment in Ex­ile raises hack­les of the Chi­nese Govern­ment to no end. Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi told the me­dia in Bei­jing in March 2018, “De­spite some tests and dif­fi­cul­ties, the China-In­dia re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ues to grow. …China is up­hold­ing its rights and In­dia… Chi­nese dragon and In­dian ele­phant must not fight each other but dance with each other….. If China and In­dia are united, one plus one will be­come eleven in­stead of two. With po­lit­i­cal trust, not even the Hi­malayas can stop us from friendly ex­changes”. But China must walk the talk.

The another ar­ti­cle on China, Ar­pita Kala of SP’s M.A.I, asks a rhetoric ques­tion whether In­dia afford to ‘chill-out’about China? The an­swer ob­vi­ously is NO as sup­ported by quot­ing views of for­mer Army Chief Gen­eral V.P. Ma­lik and for­mer Air Chief Mar­shal Fali Homi Ma­jor. In the post Dok­lam view the au­thor de­tails out the steps In­dia is tak­ing to re­in­force the bor­der.

The other key event which took place Ammo In­dia 2018 held on March 12 which is claimed as the 1st In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Mil­i­tary Am­mu­ni­tion. The De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man, has un­der­lined the need for re­vi­tal­is­ing de­fence PSUs and ord­nance fac­to­ries for meet­ing the am­mu­ni­tion needs of In­dia’s de­fence forces. She qual­i­fied by say­ing that the, “the man­age­ments of th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions need to be ahead of the curve and show dy­namism as they pos­sess im­mense and valu­able as­sets that could of­fer man­u­fac­tur­ers huge pro­duc­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties”.

China’s TV chan­nel re­cently showed video footage of a Type 59 based tank be­ing con­trolled by a sol­dier sit­ting in front of a com­puter ter­mi­nal with a steer­ing wheel,which caught the imag­i­na­tion of the world. Chi­nese me­dia Sohu re­ported that the footage was made in the ‘Un­manned Bat­tle Sys­tems Lab of PLA’. This is not a sur­pris­ing news as China is go­ing at break neck speed to catch up with the mil­i­tary tech­nolo­gies of the West. Then there are write-ups on other de­vel­op­ments in the mil­i­tary and aero­space field in­clud­ing key news items which just about wraps up this is­sue.

We hope that you dis­cern­ing read­ers en­joy read­ing this is­sue and if you are in Chen­nai be­tween April 11 to 14, do visit our Hall 6, Stall 6.2.10.

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