The United States Senate has passed a legislative provision that gives India the status like that of NATO allies like Israel and South Korea and would increase defence cooperation between the two countries.
The S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 for the system.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that he was very appreciative of the Pakistan military's 'unprecedented voluntary initiative of stringent cuts in their defence expenditures' especially in light of the country's financial situation.
Although the Pakistani attack on the day following the Balakot strikes by IAF was thwarted by the Air Force air defence fighters, it was felt that presence of air defence units in the area could have caused more damage to the Pakistanis
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank, released images from April that reveal construction on China’s third aircraft carrier in the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai.