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    With new law, US reaffirms India’s key role in Indo-Pacific strategy
    The law recalls, reaffirms and endorses ongoing India-US cooperation and “calls for the strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic, and security ties between the two nations.
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    The law recalls, reaffirms and endorses ongoing India-US cooperation and “calls for the strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic, and security ties between the two nations. (AFP)


    US President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a legislation that reinforces US commitment to its evolving strategy for the Indo-Pacific — to deal with China — and recognises the “vital role” its strategic ties with India will play in promoting peace and security in the region.

    The law recalls, reaffirms and endorses ongoing India-US cooperation under all existing instruments, such as the “New Framework for the United States-India Defense Relationship” of 2005 to the designating of India as a Major Defense Partner by a 2017 law, and “calls for the strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic, and security ties between the United States and India”.

    It is not an India-centric law, and details US relations with all major powers and entities in the region, including China, Australia, Japan and the ASEAN.

    Called the “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, 2018”, it builds on the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy announced in 2017 that had defined the Indo-Pacific as a region that “stretches from the west coast of India to the western shores of the United States”, which, it had said, was witnessing a “geopolitical competition between free and repressive visions of world order”.

    The top challenge facing US and the international system backed by it is “China’s illegal construction and militarisation of artificial features in the South China Sea and coercive economic practices”, which is a concern that America shares with India, Japan, Australia and others, the new law said.

    The other threats, in that order, were North Korea’s “acceleration of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities”; and terrorisms, “increased presence throughout Southeast Asia of the Islamic State … and other international terrorist organisations that threaten the United States”.

    The law also recognises US’s growing engagement with India, Australia and Japan under the framework of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue — popularly called the Quad — that had two meetings in 2018 alone, still at the level of officials though.

    The law also recognized the importance of cooperation with India in the context of the wider US engagement with ASEAN, along with the European Union, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan.
     
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    The passage of the law is not particularly surprising nor significant. however, what is important is that all the World's major powers are trying to get India in their camps. Even China has realized it cannot bully India like it does to smaller Southern and Southeast Asian countries, and it has recently made efforts to improve relations with India. The reason is quite simple. The Republic of India lies between all the world's major maritime trading routes, and controls the important Straits of Malacca. Hence, India is essential for Eurasian connectivity. As a result, any major power that is able to fully secure an alliance with India is able to become the dominant power in Eurasia. Considering that china's string of pearls has almost completely fallen apart after Maldives, Malaysia, Idnonesia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka rejected OBOR projects, China now needs India more than ever to secure it's dominance in the Eurasian region and counter US influence. That is why all of a sudden China has become conciliatory towards India. Fortunately India understands it recent importance, which is why it is reaping the benefits of all parties involved. S-400 from Russia, Guardian drones and Apache helicopters from US, and river data sharing deals and trade deals from China.

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    China is getting ready:-

    Beijing makes ‘stern representations’ over US warship in South China Sea
    Mon Jan 7, 2019 08:50AM [Updated: Mon Jan 7, 2019 09:24AM ]
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    A US marines Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) speeds past USS Ashland (back) during an amphibious landing exercise at the beach of the Philippine navy training center facing the south China sea in San Antonio town, Zambales province, north of Manila on October 6, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
    Beijing says it has lodged “stern representations” with Washington after an American navy warship sailed near the disputed islands in the South China Sea, prompting the Chinese military to scramble warplanes and vessels to warn it off.

    The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the US violated China’s law after its guided-missile destroyer, USS McCampbell, sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Xisha Island chain, called Paracel by Beijing’s rivals.

    The ministry’s spokesman Lu Kang urged Washington to stop such actions in the strategic waters, mostly claimed by Beijing.

    “We urge the United States to immediately cease this kind of provocation,” he said, adding that China had sent military ships and aircraft to identify and warn off the ship.

    Earlier, US Navy spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said in an emailed statement that the warship had sailed near the islands “to challenge excessive maritime claims.”

    The operation was not about any one country or to make a political statement, she said.

    China has constantly warned Washington that close military encounters by air and naval forces of the two countries in the region could easily trigger miscalculation or even accidents at sea or in air.

    The US – which sides with China’s rivals in their territorial claims -- says such military operations are meant to protect “freedom of navigation” in the sea, a gateway for trillions of dollars in maritime trade each year.

    The waters are also claimed by Vietnam, tge Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Brunei.

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    PressTV-China's Xi orders army to be battle-ready amid US tension
    President Xi Jinping says China's armed forces must be prepared for battle amid tensions with the US.

    Late last week, President Xi Jinping signed an order which calls on China's armed forces to get prepared for a “comprehensive military struggle” amid an era of drastic changes.

    He told a meeting of the Central Military Commission in Beijing that various predicable and unpredictable risks and challenges were arising and that the armed forces needed to be able to respond quickly to emergencies and nurture new types of combat forces.

    The latest naval friction comes as a delegation of US negotiators is in Beijing for talks over a bitter trade dispute between the two economic powers.

    It all started when US President Donald Trump announced in June 2018 that $50 billion worth of Chinese goods would be subject to 25 percent tariffs in an attempt to “fix” the US-Chinese trade deficit. Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of trade tariffs.

    The two leaders, however, came to an agreement on a truce for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in December 2018. The ceasefire has so far showed some signs of progress, and an absence of new threats from the White House.

     
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    Things sure are getting interesting.
     
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    After getting a beating from the weakling in the "middle east" -Afghanistan, now the US want to take on the toughest guy in the East, seriously?
     
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    A navy who haven't seen any practical combat action yet and are only paper tigers even as we speak is bragging about hitting and sinking the worlds largest Navy with combat experience in every Ocean, huh ???

    Well, surely they can. But did anyone think and talked about the U.S retaliation in the worst case. LOL :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    China can probably match the US Army and Air Force, but the US Navy is unparalleled in this world.
     
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    They may match machine to machine, man to man or even more. But combat experience of over a century is unmatchable. Apart from Russia, Germany, Japan and few NATO nations none of us have real war combat experience and that is a truth. And the U.S is the most experienced when it comes to navel warfare. :-):-):-)
     
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    If I rightly remember the last time the US had experience of fighting a naval battle was in the second world war. It's not the victory that matters it is the cost of the victory that really matters. Whether US/China win or lose is irrelevant but the cost will be astronomical in terms of both lives and resources. Neither will be the same ever again. But most likely it will be stock market rocking small skirmish like two bulls going head to head, kicking up dust and making a lot of noise. Then they will suffer a little headache , triumphantly prance about and carry on grazing as if nothing had happened. The other scenario is a full blown cold war will start with all countries in either camp.
     
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    lol lol beating from weakling ...........:D:D:D

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    China and U.S going into a perpetual armed conflict (which is highly, highly Unlikely) is basically in our best interest. I guess you will never understand that. :D:D:D
     
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    on what cost...
     
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    peanutes for super power .

    china can't afford armed conflict with US , US is ready to take on .
     
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