The Agni V still needs to pass several other tests besides some bureaucratic issues before it becomes a part of the Indian armory. But Indian officials were full of pride in stating that the country can now be counted among the world’s most powerful and scientifically advanced nations.
“At the moment there is a huge assymetry in China’s favor,” stated C Uday Bhaskar, former head of the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses. After the inclusion of the missile into the Indian armory, however, “India’s deterrent profile in the region would be appropriately burnished.”
Following the missile’s successful launch, India has been keen enough to point the range of the Agni V missile by naming Chinese cities only.
“India announced the successful test launch Thursday of a new nuclear-capable missile that would give it the ability to strike the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai for the first time, a significant step forward in its aspirations to become a regional and world power”, The Times of India stated on its website.
“The new Agni, named for the Hindi word for fire, is part of this military buildup and was designed to hit deep inside China”, Defense Analyst Rahul Bedi stated.
Such statements led to a calm response from the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, who refused to comment on any such issues but he rather stated that the Indians and the Chinese should work together as strategic partners.
The Chinese media, on the contrary, was not calm on such statements and responded. “India should be clear that China’s nuclear power is stronger and more reliable. For the foreseeable future, India would stand no chance in an overall arms race with China,” stated an editorial in the Global Times. The editorial further warned India not to work with the Western powers in order to restrain China.
“If it equates long range strategic missiles with deterrence of China, and stirs up further hostility, it could be sorely mistaken,” the editorial further stated.
India and China battled each other in 1962 over territorial issues and they still nurture a border dispute. Such heated arguments may not be considered good and prosperous for the both the South-Asian giants.
- Chinese media reacts over Agni-5 tests (biharpost.com)
- China: India ‘not rival’ after launch (cnn.com)
- Few Critics of India Missile Test Unlike N. Korea (irrawaddy.org)