• Both sides insist that their mobilisation along the border is the minimum necessary for self-defence, but Pakistan, at least, is suspicious.

    ECONOMIST: Ever more dangerous in Kashmir

  • Mr Aziz found room to placate, if not satisfy, his military masters: defence spending is to rise 10%, more than Pakistan can afford but less than the near 30% rise in the larger defence budget of the country's adversary, India.

    ECONOMIST: The general dictates the tune to which Pakistan will dance

  • George Fernandes, India's defence minister, claimed that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency was responsible for the attack, which Pakistan denied.

    ECONOMIST: Not yet peace, but something like it

  • Mr Singh's defence, that to let Pakistan air fictive grievances was a tribute to Indian magnanimity and strength, looked weak.

    ECONOMIST: Banyan

  • Denying in the Washington Post this week any Pakistani knowledge of Mr bin Laden's whereabouts these past ten years, Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari, resorted to a familiar defence.

    ECONOMIST: Banyan

  • America has also strengthened its defence relationships with Japan, the Philippines and China's close ally Pakistan.

    ECONOMIST: Defence in East Asia

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