By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
India just received its third aircraft carrier. The ship is a formerly decommissioned and revamped Soviet Russia carrier. It was totally overhauled by the Russians and sold to India for about $2.3 Billion.
The importance of this is huge.
China and India have a long history of coexistence. But over the past few years there has been increased tensions ... mostly caused by China and their movements in the South China Sea. More than that, there was also a three week land standoff on a mutual border between China and India.
The Chinese have orchestrated a series of tense moments between their country and India over the past year. Not the least of it is the fact that China has been chumming up to Pakistan - and we all know what India thinks about that.
The Chinese also have a former Soviet aircraft carrier that they put in the water in 2011.
China and India each see the other with great suspicion, yet trade between the two countries continues to grow.
These two nations are the most populous countries in the world and if they work together the relationship will be mutually beneficial.
If there are tensions it will be destructive.
One cannot avoid the reality that Russia is the provider of these and billions of dollars worth of other weapons. The Russians are in the middle of things - which is right where they want to be.
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