Daily Memo: Diplomacy in the Himalayas, Weapons for Taiwan

There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about Indian-Chinese talks.

Editor’s Note: Astute readers will notice that today’s Daily Memo has a new look and feel. The alterations are meant to accommodate other content changes that will provide our readers with the same intelligence they’ve come to trust in a more digestible format. Please reach out with any comments or questions. Digging in, diplomatically. A senior Chinese diplomat may, for the first time, join talks with India on ending the Sino-Indian standoff in the Himalayas. Diplomacy is good, but both sides are still digging in. China is reportedly outfitting its troops with gear needed for winter combat, and, more important, they’re both doing the sorts of things that will lead to prolonged, if small-scale, instability on the de facto Himalayan border, known as the Line of Actual Control. Arms to Taiwan. The Trump administration has notified Congress of plans to proceed with a new arms package for Taiwan. Included are the truck-mounted High Mobility Artillery Rocket System; over-the-horizon, precision strike missiles; and external sensor pods for Taiwan’s increasingly overstretched fleet of F-16 jets. This is still just scratching the surface of what Taiwan needs to better optimize its military around deterring Chinese seaborne pressure. Watch for anti-ship missiles and sea […]

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