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This map shows which countries export weapons to India and Pakistan

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  1. sangos

    sangos Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Perhaps no two countries in the world have a relationship as fraught and dangerous as India and Pakistan. The neighbors have fought four wars since the partition of the British Empire's South Asian domains in 1949. Both have nuclear weapons, and in 1999 they started the first war in history between two states with acknowledged nuclear weapons.

    In a better world, that tense dynamic might make other countries think twice before sending weapons to both India and Pakistan, let alone one of these rivals, to avoid making any future conflict even more destructive.

    But the United States, France and Russia, all pursuing their own geopolitical agendas, supply weapons and arms to both rivals, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which has released its data on global arms transfers in 2014, providing some of the best publicly available information on who's selling weapons to whom.

    We made the following map to show who sells to two of the world's biggest geopolitical opponents:

    As this map shows, a few major arms exporters are willing to sell to both sides. The US is politically supportive of India but depends on Pakistan as a counter-terrorism partner - it exports weapons to both places. France and Russia are two other arms industry titans who see the obvious advantages of cultivating a market in two populous, jittery military powers.

    More interesting are the countries that only sell to one of the two. China sees the Indian Ocean as a potential strategic frontier, and is suspected of planning to build a network of military and commercial ports that would encircle India. China and India also have a number of outstanding territorial disputes. So China sells to Pakistan, which is now the world's leading purchaser of Chinese weapons.

    Interestingly, Germany, which is the world's 4th-largest exporter, only sells to India. Trade between India and Germany tripled between 2002 and 2012. In contrast, Pakistan arrested 3 alleged German spies in 2012, and is a suspected state sponsor of various armed groups that fought the NATO coalition in Afghanistan, to which Germany was a major troop contributor.

    The map shows that plenty of countries are willing to export weapons to both sides of one of the world's major geopolitical standoffs - even if a few leading exporters aren't.

    This map shows which countries export weapons to India and Pakistan | Business Insider India
     
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    Interesting piece. It does strike me as a bit cynical about other nations wanting to sell weapons systems to us.

    I think there's something to be said for the fact that military rivalry has been the primary motive in the development of science and technology. Before the prospect of nuclear power came nuclear weapons. There's nothing like it to get all social and economic classes in a nation to agree on something: working together to not be conquered. Two World Wars eradicated what was once rigid social stratification in the UK.

    Of course, if India is importing all the weapons, then with or without rivalry it still isn't developing its own science and technology infrastructure so much as that of other nations. India needs not only competition but motivation for development of domestic infrastructure and human capital.

    It's probably worth mentioning as well that India is not just arming itself against Pakistan. China is a much more considerable rival than proto-failed-state Pakistan can be. In fact, the entire reason China exports exclusively to Pakistan is because it serves as a proxy for Chinese interests against India, just as North Korea against the South.

    Pakistan is an existential threat because of nuclear weapons, but that just has to be managed and deterred. Nuclear weapons status will prevent Pakistan from being conquered but cannot confer any advantage in limited warfare or economic matters that are more likely to be relevant in the long-term.
     
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    :computer1:but krygystan is selling what weapons to india


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    They forgot South Africa which sells BVR missiles, radars and other defence related equipment to Pakistan

    And lets talk about the elephant in the room- North Korea selling ballistic missiles and nuclear tech to Pakistan
     
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    Some of our Mi-24's and 35's are from the central stan countries.

    Uzbekistan sold us some IL-78 tankers also
     
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    but what about krygystan ???

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    wow BR links are working in this forum
    great!!!

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