Ms. K.M., one of our regular readers and contributors of articles, shared this significant bit of information with us: the joint declaration of India and Russia in the wake of Mr. Putin's recent state visit to India, and this contains, as she put it in her email, enough to have the blood of the Anglosphere elites boiling:
Virtually this whole document is worth pondering closely, but I want to draw your attention to three paragraphs in particular, paragraphs 9, 10, and 11:
9. Noting the synergies between national efforts by the two countries to develop a knowledge-economy powered by technology and innovation, India and Russia will increase collaboration in joint design, development, manufacturing and marketing of technology-driven products and scientific interaction between the two countries. In particular, such cooperation will extend to space applications, defence technologies, aviation, new materials, communications and information technology.
10. The two leaders see limitless opportunities for bilateral cooperation in outer space to advance societal applications and scientific knowledge. The space agencies of India and Russia will engage more actively on space technology applications, space transportation, satellite navigation, space science and planetary exploration. In 2015, the two countries will commemorate the 40 years of the launch of Indian satellite `Aryabhata` using Soyuz launch vehicle. By the time of the 50th anniversary of the launch, the leaders would expect significant collaboration between India and Russia on peaceful uses of outer space.
11. Defence cooperation between India and Russia is founded on deep mutual trust and promotes wider peace and security. The two countries have already moved to a phase of joint design and development of defence systems. The sides recognize the virtually unlimited opportunities for enhancing this cooperation, increasingly based on joint research and development, joint manufacturing, technology sharing and collaborative research in futuristic technologies, in accordance with existing agreements on military-technical cooperation. To this end, India has permitted foreign direct investment in the defence sector up to 49 per cent. The sides will exploit these opportunities optimally and enrich bilateral interaction through regular joint military exercises, training in each other`s services institutions and institutionalized consultations between the armed forces.
These paragraphs appear to me to support the hypothesis that I have been arguing in recent years vis-a-vis the emergence of the BRICSA bloc, regarding its emergence both as a response to American hegemonism and unipolarism, and as a positive attempt in its own right to arrange cooperative mechanisms for defence and economic matters. Readers here will recall my principal concerns in this respect have been that the BRICSA bloc would (1) have to develop parallel structures of economic and financial institutions to challenge western institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, and so on, by the establishment of their own development banks. This they have recently done. (2) have to develop their own parallel structures of international financial clearing, yet integrated enough to function with SWIFT, CHIPS and the western systems of clearing. We have seen Russia in the past few months taking steps to introduce their own independent domestic clearing. However, such a vast project would inevitably require (3) the establishment of much greater space-based communications assets among the BRICSA bloc.
With that in mind, it is significant - and in my opinion, corroboration of my above thesis - that India and Russia are emphasizing bilateral space cooperation in a context that also emphasizes bi-lateral defence technology exchanges, new materials, and communications/information technology, and all of this in a wider context called the development of "a knowledge-economy." This is a profound insight into the long term strategic thinking going on in the BRICSA bloc and I suspect we'll hear much more about it in the next 2-3 years. As if to emphasize this reading of matters, paragraph 10 notes the :"limitless opportunities for bilateral cooperation in outer space to advance societal applications", a reference that, in my opinion, seems to speak directly to the establishment of international financial clearing mechanics independent of the Anglosphere.
What intrigued me the most, however, was paragraph 11, with its clear admission that Russia and India not only intend on a full spectrum of military cooperation, including joint exercises and a total consultation between both countries' three service branches, but that this cooperation will extend to the "joint design and development of defence systems," a process the document indicates has been underway for some time. In this, India, situated as it is culturally between the East and the West, is in a perfect position to benefit by technology transfers.
And so, for that matter, is Russia...
See you on the flip side...