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    In the wake of Beijing’s threats to bring up New Delhi’s test-firing of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V at the UN Security Council, a senior Indian air force official said regional partners should not discuss what India is doing unless it is prohibited, a subject that would ostensibly include nuclear proliferation.

    India’s military testing is "common knowledge," Air Chief Marshall Arup Raha said Wednesday. Raha called out Beijing, without naming names, for "transfer of technology which is forbidden," likely a nod to the common Chinese practice of stealing technology and design data from other nations to reverse-engineer for their own military projects.  

    On Tuesday, Beijing reacted to the successful Indian ICBM launch saying that it would interfere with UN Security Council rules, where China has a permanent seat, and disrupt strategic geopolitical balance in South Asia.

    Raha noted that the testing was not motivated by aggression or hostility, but rather that India needed to build its "capability to deter," adding that an "adversary who is strong" can only be deterred by the "capability…to strike deep into the adversary’s heartland."

    India’s growing missile arsenal is "not targeted against any particular country," according to Vikas Swarup, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, but India’s "strategic autonomy and growing engagement contributes to strategic stability."

    The Agni-V could prove to be India’s most potent weapon. It boasts a range of more than 5,000 km, covering China it its entirety. On Monday, the 17-meter, 50-ton missile hit all intended targets, according to India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. 

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      whataf005
      " nod to the common Chinese practice of stealing technology and design data from other nations to reverse-engineer for their own military projects" Well and correctly said. Chinese means, copy, cheat, cheap, cunning and cancerous. They copy and cheat buy selling the copied items cheap. they are very cunning-look at their eyes and they are very cancerious. Once they are in a country, although they are minority, want to take over the country very good example, Malaysia and Indonesia.
    • Bose
      If China can build such strong missiles then India should also build it to maintain the regional power balance. Also Pakistan and China always want to squeeze India from both sides so this is absolutely necessary...
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      loverussiain reply towhataf005(Show commentHide comment)
      whataf005, Most of today common technologies have taken advantage of China's inventions during the time she was not able to prohibit the stealing.
      Aldo the "common" practice you mentioned was a quote you copied from an idiot and made your own statement.
    • avatar
      cast235
      INDIA MUST end the SHOW OFF, IF it is serious about SCO.
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      Chatwithkennyr
      Cast235 to be very clear present day India don't give a damn about the SCO ....For us india very are interested in the alignment with Us Japan and Australia and like minded Asian nations for our security ... soon If Russia tries to become cosy with Pakistan and China more Russian arms exporters will be out of the Indian defence market also.... so you can keep our sco argument because for us it is "irrelevant".
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      Chatwithkennyr
      Cast235 to be very clear present day India don't give a damn about the SCO ....For us india very are interested in the alignment with Us Japan and Australia and like minded Asian nations for our security ... soon If Russia tries to become cosy with Pakistan and China more Russian arms exporters will be out of the Indian defence market also.... so you can keep our sco argument because for us it is "irrelevant".
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