‘India's nuclear doctrine closest in spirit to China's'

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    Feb 16, 2009
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    The Hindu : News / National : ‘India's nuclear doctrine closest in spirit to China's'

    But Pakistan's doctrine is antithetical to India's, says Menon

    The nuclear deterrence between India and China was essentially stable in nature and was likely to remain so in the near future despite India and China pursuing their nuclear programmes with increasing technological sophistication.

    This was stated by National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon while speaking at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre here on Friday on the occasion of National Technology Day.

    India's nuclear doctrine was closest in spirit to China's. The Communist behemoth had never made a direct nuclear threat against India so far, he noted.

    This was further augmented by the fact that the East Asian state had concentrated on the survivability of its nuclear arsenal by focussing on technological enhancements like developing multiple independent re-entry vehicles and manoeuvrable re-entry vehicles — moves made by a nation that did not regard its nuclear arsenal as a “war-fighting weapon.”

    Technology and its changes had always been prime drivers of the security calculus. India's nuclear capabilities were built primarily for deterrence, and not as a war-fighting weapon, he pointed out.

    Nuclear blasts

    Referring to India's nuclear blasts at Pokhran in Rajasthan in 1974 and 1998, he emphasised that their purpose was to build a credible minimum deterrence (by using nuclear weapons politically, than as war weapons) while wrenching free of an expensive arms race.

    India was the first nuclear weapon state to publicly announce and debate a nuclear doctrine. Possession of nuclear weapons made it less vulnerable to nuclear coercion and political blackmail. On the contrary, Mr. Menon said, Pakistan's doctrine was antithetical to India's. He pointed out Islamabad's readiness to employ nuclear weapons if certain thresholds were crossed.

    He also touched upon the darker effects of the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution in the post-Cold War society, drawing on the lethality of terror groups such as the al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

    Urging the country's think tank to start treating technology security as a national goal, he said the ICT revolution had vested non-state actors and individuals with immense power and estimated that more than 120 smaller countries in the world that viewed ICT as an equaliser had developed capabilities for waging cyber warfare.
  3. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

    Feb 12, 2009
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    Again re affirms no first use against non nuclear states. But against nuclear states.................. :D
  4. Tronic

    Tronic Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    Nitesh, I think you are confusing US's nuclear doctrine with China's.

    China's nuclear doctrine is identical to India's; they will not use Nuclear weapons first.

    China's nukes, just like India's, are primarily to deter a nuclear war from happening, not to start one!

    That is the sole reason China has built such a huge arsenal of conventional missile forces.

    And to add; China does not have the numbers to fight a nuclear war against any other adversary except India, and even than, it is highly doubtful that they will risk a Shangai or a Beijing for a conflict limited to the Himalayas. Not to mention, China's Ballistic missile forces already give it a huge conventional edge over the Indian military, that employing a nuclear weapon is not even a necessity for the PRC.
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