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November 16, 2009

On the plus side, India might use it

The Royal Navy scrambles to give away half its next generation carrier force. Before it has been built.

One of Britain's new £2bn aircraft carriers could be sold off under cost-cutting plans being considered by the Ministry of Defence. India has lodged a firm expression of interest, the Observer has learned.

The sale of one of the two 65,000-tonne vessels would leave the Royal Navy with a single carrier and could force Britain to borrow from the French fleet, which itself has only one carrier and is reluctant to build more.

Yet we mock the Victorians for their fears of degeneracy and decline.

Related: Barely concealed great-power sparring between China and India.

Inexorably and almost invisibly, Nepal has emerged as the focus of the competition between India and China to seize the strategic advantage along the Himalayas.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 16, 2009 06:47 AM