Rajnath Singh Points To The ‘Extraordinary Militarisation’ Of India’s Neighbourhood

India faces problems resulting from the extreme militarization of its neighbours and unprovoked assault on its northern border, according to defence minister Rajnath Singh, who said the nation needs partners that are sensitive to its military demands.

In his broadcast opening statement during the first India-Russia 2+2 meeting of foreign and defence ministries, Singh did not mention any countries, but it was clear that he was alluding to China.

As Of May 2020, Indian and Chinese soldiers have been fighting in the Ladakh sector, with various reports of Beijing upgrading military infrastructure all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that bilateral military-technical cooperation is particularly vital in India-Russia relationships, adding that both nations' agencies will work together to improve their sense of security. He stated that he and Singh had reached an agreement on further cooperation.

The Covid-19 epidemic, tremendous militarization and weapons development in the surroundings, and unjustified assault on the northern border from early summer 2020, according to Singh, have tossed in various difficulties.

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Recognizing its massive development demands and legitimate, real, and immediate defence concerns, he noted, India wants allies that are attentive to and responsive to India's aspirations and demands.

Having the powerful democratic will and the innate potential of its people, India, according to Singh, is confident in its ability to overcome these problems.

He went on to say that throughout a bilateral discussion with Shoigu, he emphasised the new difficulties that India is facing, as well as India's increased need for tighter military and military technology collaboration with Russia.

Singh tweeted after the bilateral conference that India respects Russia's huge backing and expects that the partnership would bring harmony, wealth, and security to the area. A series of treaties, leases, and protocols relating to small weapons and army cooperation were inked at the bilateral meeting, he stated in the tweet.

In his inaugural speech at the 2+2 meeting, Singh also expressed India's confidence that Russia will continue to be a vital partner in these difficult times.

He went on to say that the Indian side is looking for more military-technical cooperation, sophisticated study, and co-development and co-production of military equipment that will lead to self-sufficiency.

They advocated increased interactions in Central Asia and the Indian Ocean region separately, he said. India is a continuation of the large Eurasian landmass while also serving as the geographic centre of the massive Indian Ocean region. They have high hopes for Russia's collaboration in all areas.

In his inaugural speech, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the 2+2 discussion is taking place at a critical point in the global geopolitical climate, particularly after the epidemic.

The growth of multipolarity, the effects of over-centralised globalisation, difficulties including terrorism and aggressive extremism, the scenario in Afghanistan, which has ramifications for Central Asia, hotspots in West Asia, and maritime security are only a few of these concerns.

The new 2+2 mechanism, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, would assist strengthen traditional cooperation and strengthen the bilateral special and privileged strategic relationship.

Both Russia and India, he said, share a vision of a much more polycentric, multipolar, and fair global order. On the most critical political and military problems, India takes similar or same viewpoints.