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India Shifting Focus of Nuclear Strategy from Pakistan to China

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India is continuously modernizing its nuclear arsenal. These arsenals appear to be a shift of its nuclear strategy. A study has revealed that they are traditionally focused on Pakistan, to China. Two top American nuclear experts in the July-August issue of digital journal After Midnight said that “India continues to modernize its nuclear arsenal, with at least four new weapons.

There are systems which are now in under development to complement or replace existing nuclear-capable aircraft, land-based delivery systems, and sea-based systems,” Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris wrote that “India is likely to have made enough plutonium for 150–200 nuclear warheads.  But has likely produced only 120–130,” They have written it in the article Indian nuclear forces 2017. There is a potential shift in India’s nuclear strategy. The study suggests that the nuclear-armed nation.

The nuclear-armed nation currently operates seven nuclear-capable systems. That includes two aircraft, four land-based ballistic missiles and one sea-based ballistic missile with at least four more systems in the development phase. “The development program is in a dynamic phase. That includes long-range land- and sea-based missiles emerging for possible deployment within the next decade. “The report further reveals or exposes that India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium. But not all the material has been converted into nuclear warheads, sufficient for 150–200 nuclear warheads. “It will need more warheads to arm the new missiles it is currently developing.” ‘Decoupling’ nuclear strategy.

The nuclear experts claimed India’s nuclear modernization indicates or shows that it is putting increased emphasis on its future strategic relationship with China, “That adjustment will result in new capabilities being deployed over the next decade. That may influence how India views nuclear weapons’ role against Pakistan.” India and the politics of nonproliferation Quoting a scholar, the report said: “We may be witnessing or seeing what I call a ‘decoupling’ of Indian nuclear strategy between China and Pakistan. India needs in order to credibly threaten assured retaliation against China may allow it to pursue more aggressive strategies.

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