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Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

Mischief Reef.Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia.

Putin says S-300 sale to Iran prompted by progress in nuclear talks

S-300 missiles.Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Iran's drive to find a solution in talks over its disputed nuclear programme had spurred his decision to renew a contract to deliver S-300 missile defence systems to Tehran.

India order for two Rafale squadrons casts doubt on larger deal

A Dassault Rafale.Any future Indian purchase of Rafale jets will come through direct talks with the French government, the defence minister said on Monday, suggesting that commercial negotiations for a larger deal with Dassault Aviation have been shelved.

India to wait another two years for French Rafale jets - minister

A Rafale.India will not receive its first Rafale fighter jet from France's Dassault Aviation for up to two and a half years and tricky issues including pricing must still be worked out, India's defence minister said on Saturday.

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