EXCLUSIVE: China concerned by US-India surveillance drones deal

China looks steadfastly at the defense deals to be signed Monday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in Washington, with special attention to the agreement of surveillance drones that would increase India’s Indian Ocean capabilities , According to Chinese experts.

The agreement for about 22 unmanned surveillance remote control aircraft between the agreements to the order of the day, so an agreement was also finalized for the co-production of F-16 fighter jets before the visit of Lockheed Martin and Tata.

Han Hua, a senior Chinese strategist who is director of the Center for Arms Control and professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University, told India, “Some people in China are a little worried.

However, this is not the most advanced technology shared for example, when you look at the F-16. But this is only a problem of cooperation in defense.

There is also the transfer of unmanned surveillance aircraft into the Indian Ocean. This will increase India’s ability to have a view of the entire Indian Ocean.

It is symbolic that joint production F-16. ”

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China closely follows the results of the visit.

As in Delhi, there was some concern in Beijing after the Trump elections given its unpredictable nature, although China’s President Xi Jinping has been a surprisingly cordial visit to the US where he was received at the Trump Mar-a-Lake station.

Han Hua said: “I think the relationship between the US and India has an impact on Sino-US relations.

After the Bush administration has opened the door to India, people in Washington have talked about the role of India in controlling China’s growth.

Especially after the nuclear deal in 2005, the relationship between Washington and New Delhi has become a concern among Chinese strategists.

Especially the nuclear contract, since it is not only a nuclear agreement.

This is a symbolic way of showing the nature of the strategic partnership between the US and the US. And India. In this regard, China is concerned. ”

At the same time, one of the reasons why Beijing is not too worried is that, in its view, India, Trump is attacking North Korea.

“Trump administration can not solve the problem of North Korea itself. Perhaps China provides a kind of solution.

Like many Americans, China has a strong interest in this subject, “Han said.

Han, who is also an expert on nuclear issues, also said that Trump was not sure to do the heavy lifting necessary to push India’s adherence to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

“We have seen no change in the specific NSG policy since the Trump administration in terms of membership in India.

Some people have said that the administration supports accession, but a strong statement but has been made in this matter, “he said.

In China, many experts see Modi’s government establishing a much closer relationship with the United States and deepening ties of defense, but do not expect India to become an ally as in the case of Japan or even the Philippines.

“I think my belief is India in terms of foreign policy independence, which is very ingrained in the country, no matter what the ruling party.” Han said.

“Modi, people tend to think that he is more nationalistic or that they have a very realistic view of the world rather than the middle policy taken by Congress.

In my opinion, India remains a country with its own pride and glory, so I do not think India is far from foreign policy making.

Some people say that Modi has been quite close to the US. In strategic terms, but for me, this trend goes a little further, but not much beyond the general policy of non-alignment. “

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