India hopes new Rafale fighter jets begin ‘new era’ and signal its resolve to China

The first five Rafale fighter jets bought from France in a multibillion-dollar deal landed in India on Wednesday and the defence minister used their arrival to launch a veiled warning to neighbouring China over territorial tensions.A water-cannon guard of honour greeted the five jets when they landed at the Ambala airbase in Haryana state. An intense nationwide spotlight on the combat jets has been sharpened by a deadly border stand-off with China.India has bought 36 Rafale fighters from France…