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Tensions between China and India as of late have since escalated, leaving people with concerns that World War 3 may break out from their border conflict. With China’s increasing attempts to step in on Indian territory, recent reports of the communist nation selling one of its warships to Pakistan has not only raised more concerns but has suggested a possible alliance between the two.
Express reports India is currently keeping a close eye on both China and Pakistan, especially as the latter is now looking to strengthen its naval forces. Pakistan is also in dispute with India over its boundaries, and if tensions were to escalate between the three countries, experts have warned a nuclear war may break out. Pakistan purchased a warship from China that could help strengthen its Navy surface fleet. This warship is one of the four naval platforms that the communist nation has sold to Pakistan in the hopes of affirming the relation and cooperation between the two countries.
Pakistan’s naval fleet is expected to expand further by 2021, and the remaining three ships are set to join them by that time. This follows previous exchanges between officials of both countries, announcing that they would be working together on rail and power projects in order to boost their respective economies. China has since confirmed they will push through with these projects to bring new life to the economy.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that another one of China’s allies, Russia, will likely play a big part in the ongoing border conflict between India and China. The Asia Program deputy director Michael Kugelman believes that Russia may use the ongoing conflict to its advantage if it ever decides to intervene. Speaking for Express, Kugelman shared that Russia could intervene as an attempt to humiliate the United States on a global scale, especially as Russia is known for trying to lower tensions between the two neighboring countries.
“In terms of Russia that is a very interesting story. Russia has actually positioned itself as a potential mediator in this crisis. Russia has not tried to provoke the United States or want the US to stay out. Russia could actually stand to benefit a lot from this crisis just because it is one of the few countries of note, one of the powerful countries that has a warm and strong relationship between India and China.”