India clears $8 billion warships project to counter Chinese navy

February 18, 2015 2:01 PM

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India clears $8 billion warships project to counter Chinese navy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build the country's most advanced warships, defense sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean.

Since taking over last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signaled his resolve to build a strong military after years of neglect that military planners say has left India unable to fight a two-front war against China and Pakistan.

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