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Why India Will Not Criticize China Over ‘Hong Kong’ Despite Being Condemned For Kashmir?

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While the US and some EU nations stand firmly against China’s security laws against Hong Kong, most Asian nations including India would overlook Beijing’s new security laws as it is an internal matter of China.

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As soon as China’s parliament drafted the controversial laws in the name of National Security to crush Hong Kong autonomous status, the US and some EU countries expressed their fury over Beijing’s decision.

Recently, when the law was passed, international criticism soared high with the US threatening China and Hong Kong with sanctions and Donald Trump even calling to ‘cut all ties’ with Beijing.

Amid this hostile move by Beijing to strike off the historic “one country, two systems” framework, the South-East Asian nations which are geographically and culturally close to Hong Kong, have chosen to be close-mouthed and “see Beijing’s position on Hong Kong as part of its internal affairs,” said global analysts talking to SCMP.

The West On Hong Kong Crisis

The already tense relations between US and China due to the trade war suffered a major blow with the Covid-19 pandemic, as Washington directly blamed Beijing for spreading coronavirus and not sharing timely information to contain the virus which claimed over 100,000 American lives.

The US President has announced new policies on China that are to be made public later this week., but did mention – “we are not happy with China. We are not happy with what’s happened.”

Apart from America, the UK which ruled over Hong Kong till 1997, Australia and Canada have also expressed their “deep concern” for Hong Kong.

As EurAsian Times had previously reported, the former Hong Kong Governor Christopher Patten and former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind had drafted a statement which read “if the international community cannot trust Beijing to keep its word when it comes to Hong Kong, people will be reluctant to take its word on other matters.”

Seven of the former foreign secretaries had also urged the British PM Boris Johnson to take action against China over the national security law.

More recently, Britain’s foreign minister had stated – “If China follows through with this national security legislation, we will give those people who hold BNO passports (British National Overseas’ passports) the right to come to the UK.”

The ASEAN Response To Hong Kong Crisis

The ASEAN governments have been silent spectators to China’s actions of curtailing the freedom of Hong Kong. Experts talking to EurAsian Times mention that ASEAN nations seems to have no intention to target or even critisize China over Hong Kong.

“ASEAN is not likely to follow Washington’s template for responding to developments in Hong Kong,” commented Joseph Liow Chin Yong, an expert on Asia-Pacific geopolitics at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

“They will be more concerned about Washington’s actions and the subsequent reactions from Beijing, rather than the national security law for Hong Kong,” said Dylan Loh, an assistant professor of public policy and global affairs at NTU.

Indian Response To Hong Kong Crisis

Apart from the ASEAN nations, India, an immediate neighbour of China, has yet not challenged Beijing’s decision on Hong Kong. New Delhi and Beijing are already engaged in a massive border dispute in the Ladakh region where both – the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army stand eye to eye in a fierce military standoff.

Indian foreign policy expert Sinderpal Singh had stated – “I think India won’t go along with US sanctions because of the need to respect non-interference’s.” Singh explains further that India has not been known to interfere in the domestic politics of other nations and asks that, “If America imposes sanctions on China, do Indians then follow the US or not?”

Experts state that when the India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, international criticism and human rights condemnations touched new skies, however China opted to avoid saying anything ‘highly objectionable’ even though China shared robust ties with Pakistan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in a written response on Delhi’s move to revoke Article 370, had stated — “China is seriously concerned about the current situation in Kashmir… China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. This issue is a legacy of history between India and Pakistan, which is also the consensus of the international community.”

Singh mentioned that “there’s an understanding between India and China where Beijing will not publicly say anything objectionable about the Kashmir and India would reciprocate by not commenting on Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang.”

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India-China Tensions: India launches solar power plant to stop China imports

China is a major exporting nation of solar equipment to India. However, border clashes last month which resulted in the killing of 20 Indian troops have triggered a trade war between the two Asian giants.

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As tensions between India and China grow, Indian PM Narendra Modi on Friday launched a solar power plant with the aim to stop reliance on imports from neighbours – China and Pakistan

The 750-megawatt power plant in the central state of Madhya Pradesh is being dubbed as the largest in Asia by local media. The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million tons each year.

“Several steps are being taken to increase domestic manufacturing and it has been decided that government’s departments and institutions will only buy domestically manufactured solar cells and modules,” said Modi, in the wake of recent border tensions with China.

China is a major exporting nation of solar equipment to India. However, border clashes last month which resulted in the killing of 20 Indian troops have triggered a trade war between the two Asian giants.

In the virtual launch of the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project, Modi highlighted that India’s progress in the field of solar energy will garner international interest.

“Hopefully very soon India will be a major exporter of power. The International Solar Alliance was launched with the motive to unite the entire world in terms of solar energy.” The project is a step toward India’s ambitious target of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by the year 2022.

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Indian Rafale Jets Would Have Been Useless Against Chinese Airforce – Russia Experts

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Rafale jets would have been useless against the Chinese Airforce (PLAAF) – Russian aviation experts have claimed. Rafale fighter jets belong to the 4 ++ generation would not have been of much use had an aerial conflict broken out in Ladakh again the PLAAF.

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As reported by EurAsian Times, India and China had been engaged in a brutal conflict in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. Troops of both countries have exchanged blows and even lost soldiers in the conflict that began more than a month ago.

Keeping in mind the situation in Ladakh, France said that it would accelerate the delivery of Rafale fighter jets to India. Aviation experts believe that the arrival of Rafale fighter jets will significantly boost the combat capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF). However, according to Russian experts, who did not wish to be named, the French fighter would not help India much incase the conflict turns hot.

The astronomical cost of Rafale fighter jets is one of the reasons the French 4++ fighter jet would not help India. In the deal struck with Paris, New Delhi agreed to purchase 36 Rafale Jets. The total cost of the deal was an estimated Rs 59,000 crore with each jet costing around Rs 1,646 crore.

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The cost of a Rafale is about three times higher than the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets. In other words, for 36 French-made Rafale fighters that will appear in the Indian Air Force, China can respond with three times as many of its fifth-generation J-20 fighters – for the same money.

Even if, in some ways, the characteristics of the Chinese combat aircraft lag behind the French 4 ++ fighter jet, then the Indian air force could get overwhelmed by what is called “capable of crushing by quantity”.

And the cost is not the only reason why Rafale jets would not help India much. Compared to another Chinese jet – J-16 (an analogue of the Russian Su-35) which Beijing is also using in its airforce, the Rafale jets will find it extremely challenging to outgun the Russian Su-35s operated by the Chinese.

The maximum speed of the Rafale jet is about Mach 1.8 and the J-16 is Mach 2.2. The Rafale’s practical ceiling is also lower than the J-16s. Even in engine thrust, the Chinese J-16s aka Russian Su-35s are far superior to the French combat aircraft.

Even if the IAF was to deploy all 36 of its newly acquired jets, the technical superiority would still be on the side of China, claims the Russian expert.

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The IAF has been on high alert in Ladakh and is closely monitoring all Chinese activity near the Line of Control.  As reported by EurAsian Times, New Delhi has inked a deal with Moscow to buy 33 new fighter aircraft including 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s along with up-gradation of 59 MiG-29s. The addition and up-gradation of jets have been approved to strengthen India’s air power.

The air defence systems of both the Indian Army and the IAF have been deployed in Ladakh to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there.

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Russian Technicians Keeping INS Vikramaditya Battle Ready Amid Flaring Regional Tensions

INS Vikramaditya has a total of 22 decks and it has the ability to carry over 30 aircraft including MiG 29K/Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, ALH-Dhruv and Chetak helicopters.

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Russian technicians continue to provide maintenance to Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, despite the all the regional tensions and COVID-18 pandemic, Russian news agency TASS quoted a leading defence portal. 

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A group of Russian technicians who are supporting the Indian navy in providing timely maintenance for the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya have not left the country.

Despite the delays with the carrier’s acceptance for service, INS Vikramaditya offers ample opportunities for India’s Navy and allows New Delhi to keep its domination in the Indian Ocean, the news portal said in its article.

INS Vikramaditya is a heavy upgrade of the Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Gorshkov. The work on the ship’s heavy upgrade was carried out at the Sevmash Shipyard and the flattop was handed-over the Indian Navy on November 16, 2013.

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Under an inter-governmental agreement signed in 2004, India received the Admiral Gorshkov’s hull for free but on condition of its upgrade at the Sevmash Shipyard and its outfitting with Russian-made aircraft.

After its upgrade, INS Vikramaditya displaces 45,000 tonnes and possess a state-of-art flight deck and a ski-jump for aircraft take-offs, navigation and radar systems, communications and aircraft control technology and also other special equipment and assemblies.

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INS Vikramaditya has a total of 22 decks and it has the ability to carry over 30 aircraft including MiG 29K/Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, ALH-Dhruv and Chetak helicopters.

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