December 16, 2017
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Dealing by proxy
Rise of missile programs and changing geopolitics Missiles and nuclear war fighting were the flavors of January of the new year. China has launched a nuclear blitzkrieg against India’s attempts to catch up with Chinese nuclear capabilities by successfully enhancing the range of its Agni series of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads deeper into the Chinese heartland with each successive version. Such is the irritation over the launch of the Agni-V missile with a range of more than 5000 km that it has threatened to raise the issue of India’s nuclear weapons delivery program in the UN Security Council of which it is a Permanent Member with veto rights. Simultaneous with this assertion there have been quick claims by Pakistan that missiles it launched in January had new technologies that ensured that they are invincible against ballistic missile defences of the kind that India has said it will set up to protect its political hub in Delhi and economic hub in Mumbai. It is now no longer a secret that all of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and delivery systems are proven products of Chinese weapons and missiles. They are part of Chinese game plan to confront India by using Pakistan as a proxy and counterfoil that has existed ever since India conducted its first nuclear experiment in the Pokhran desert in Rajasthan in 1974. India had long suspected (and moulded its nuclear policy accordingly) a deep conspiracy by China to s
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