An Indo-Russian nuclear deal, along the lines of the Indo-US 123 agreement, would be a politically-correct move and have the potential of emerging as the mother of all political strokes by the Indian government. It is common knowledge that the Manmohan Singh government has been rapped on its knuckles by the Bhartiya Janta Party-led opposition, the so-called Third Front, as well as by its allies from the Left because of the nuclear deal issue. While there has been a palpable rapprochement between the Indian government and the Left parties and the fast–soaring political temperature has been brought down by both sides in the past couple of days, a question mark continues to hang over the future of Indo-US nuclear deal. Energy-starved India So a similar deal with Russia, India’s long-standing tried and tested friend, could do the trick for energy-starved India. What’s more, this deal could be operational much quicker than the 123 agreement with the US, as the Russian … [Read more...] about India-Russia Nuclear Deal on the Cards
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The nuclear deal with the United States marks the end of more than three decades of nuclear isolation for India, which had faced restrictions ever since testing a first nuclear device in the 1970s. Internationally, many critics have argued that the deal legitimises India’s acquiring of nuclear weapons and thereby weakens the cause of non-proliferation. But others point out that the deal also means India will have to open up most of its nuclear installations to international inspection. On balance, the advantages for the international community outweigh the risks, said Christian Wagner, an expert on India at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. “In my opinion, it makes the world a safer place as it will no longer be possible now for India to, say in 20 years from now, think about exporting nuclear technology. I think that if a country, which has not signed the non-proliferation treaty, is brought closer to a control regime and made to accept certain … [Read more...] about India-US Deal Almost in Place
India's BJP-led government has repeatedly stated it wants to play a more ambitious role in the Asia-Pacific in line with the country's growing economic and strategic interests. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power last May on promises of revitalizing India's struggling economy, recently rechristened India's foreign policy approach as the "Act East" policy - formerly called "Look East" - in a bid to highlight its goal of establishing deeper ties with countries such as Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia. But where does this leave India's ties with Europe? While trade relations with some European Union (EU) member states such as Germany, France or the UK remain strong, barely any mention has been made by the Modi-led government as to relations with the EU as a whole. Moreover, the partnership's single major initiative, a bilateral trade and investment free trade agreement, has been under negotiations for seven years, with no compromise in sight. In a DW interview, Dr. … [Read more...] about EU-India ties clouded by ‘rhetoric not matching action’
Roughly six months after signing a memorandum of understanding on civilian nuclear cooperation, Washington and Hanoi, according to various reports, are now in the final stages of reaching a deal on sharing nuclear technology. The agreement will likely lack a provision that prohibits Vietnam to engage in uranium enrichment and reprocessing plutonium, steps that aside from its civilian use are also essential to produce nuclear weapons. To cope with growing energy needs of its rapidly expanding economy, Hanoi wants to build 13 nuclear power plants by 2030, with the first reactor to produce energy scheduled for 2020. According to Vietnamese media reports, the first power plant will be built with Russian technology. Neighboring China, which has ongoing border disputes with Vietnam, has carefully calibrated its response to the US-Vietnam deal. A foreign ministry spokesman acknowledged every nation's right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy as long as it doesn't engage in … [Read more...] about US-Vietnam nuclear deal has experts divided
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner said this week Germany -- as chair of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, which controls the export and sale of nuclear technology -- had tried to balance conflicting interests during tense negotiations that led to the landmark agreement. "There were several countries that put critical questions to India, but also the United States, about how this arrangement is compatible with the common goal of nuclear non-proliferation," Ploetner told a news conference on Monday, Sept 8. "It is not an ideal solution. The negotiations were very difficult and we cannot say that we could not have imagined something better." The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of 45 states that control the international sale of nuclear technology. The deal with India is a key step in sealing the India-US atomic technology accord signed by US President George W. Bush and Indian Premier Manmohan Singh in 2005. The US-India Business Council, one of the … [Read more...] about Germany Grudgingly Accepts Landmark Nuclear Deal with India
"The 2015 US-India Defense Framework that I will sign next week will open up this relationship on everything, from maritime security to aircraft carrier and jet engine technology cooperation," US Defense Secretary Carter told a meeting in Singapore last week. Carter arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, June 2, and during his two-day stay in the South Asian country, he will meet a host of government officials and visit India's Eastern Naval Command in Vishakapatnam. Ties between Washington and New Delhi have improved since Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist leader, was elected PM in a landslide victory last May. Since then, the two countries have signed several deals related to trade and security. Modi's administration is expected to carry forward the idea of a joint defense system during talks with Carter. The new 10-year defense framework will contain a specific reference to the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative that seeks to co-develop defense systems, according to local media. … [Read more...] about How the new India-US defense deal would impact regional security
President Barack Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Tuesday to discuss economic growth, climate change, clean energy and defense cooperation. Offering Modi a warm embrace, the visit marked a huge change in relations since Obama was first voted into the White House in 2008, when the Hindu nationalist leader was still banned from visiting the US due to his role in anti-Muslim riots that left hundreds of people dead. Nuclear deal Top of the agenda on Tuesday was India's preparatory work on six nuclear reactors. Obama said he welcomed the progress, which marks a key step in closing the first deal, deriving from a US-India civil nuclear accord reached more than a decade ago. "Once completed, the project would be among the largest of its kind, fulfilling the promise of the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement and demonstrating a shared commitment to meet India's growing energy needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuels," a joint statement said. … [Read more...] about Obama welcomes India’s efforts towards nuclear deal during Modi’s White House visit
The Indo-Japanese nuclear deal has been six years in the making, and was officially signed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Tokyo on Friday. The deal marks Japan's first nuclear cooperation agreement with a country that is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT). The NPT is an international treaty meant to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and arms technologies, while promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy. India refuses to sign it, saying it is discriminatory because it defines nuclear-weapons states as those that tested nuclear devices before 1967. The nuclear deal between Asia's second and third largest economies has been described by the two countries as "a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership for the cause of a peaceful and secure world." Mutual benefits Supporters of the impending deal say it is a win-win situation for both Tokyo and New Delhi. India will be able … [Read more...] about India and Japan sign nuclear deal – A risky business?
Indian PM Narendra Modi will be in Washington on June 7-8 as part of a whirlwind five-nation tour, covering Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico. This is Modi's fourth trip to the US after taking office as prime minister, and the Indian leader's schedule in the US capital includes holding talks with President Barack Obama and other top administration officials as well as addressing a joint session of Congress. Modi's trip "reflects the significance that the two leaders place on the natural alliance between the two largest democratic countries of the world," a State Department spokesperson told news agency PTI. The discussions between the two sides are expected to focus on deepening bilateral defense partnership as well as ways to boost US investment into India, particularly in the energy sector. Trade and defense There is talk of a potential multibillion dollar deal with the US electric giant Westinghouse to build a nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state … [Read more...] about PM Modi looking to buttress India-US ties
A recent report by two top American experts that India's nuclear strategy is targeting China has drawn mixed responses from Indian experts and academics who maintain there is no cause for alarm about the country's nuclear position despite the changing geopolitical situation. Published in the July-August issue of the digital journal After Midnight, the article claimed that India is busy developing a missile, which can target all of China from its bases located in southern India. It also said that while modernizing its atomic arsenal, India has produced around 600 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium, which is sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads. China, India and Pakistan are all pursuing new ballistic missile, cruise missile, and sea-based nuclear delivery systems. Like China, India's nuclear doctrine is based on the no-first-use (NFU) concept backed by a policy of assured massive retaliation. "China appears to have maintained a measure of ambiguity on … [Read more...] about Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?