New Delhi: The relations between India and China will “stay strained” attributable to their deadly conflict in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in 2020, mentioned the “Annual Menace Evaluation” report of the US Intelligence Neighborhood. The report, which was launched on Wednesday (March 8, 2023), additionally acknowledged that the “expanded navy postures” of each the international locations alongside the Line of Precise management (LAC) elevate the danger of an “armed confrontation” between the 2 nuclear powers.
“Whereas India and China have engaged in bilateral border talks and resolved border factors, relations will stay strained within the wake of the international locations’ deadly conflict in 2020, essentially the most severe in a long time,” it mentioned.
“The expanded navy postures by each India and China alongside the disputed border elevate the danger of armed confrontation between two nuclear powers which may contain direct threats to US individuals and pursuits, and requires U.S. intervention,” it added.
“Earlier standoffs have demonstrated that persistent low-level friction on the Line of Precise Management (LAC) has the potential to escalate swiftly,” the report mentioned.
It’s notable that ties between India and China have nosedived because the 2020 Galwan incident. Even final 12 months, the safety forces of the 2 international locations had clashed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang after the Chinese language facet tried to intrude.
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The US report additionally mentioned that underneath the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is “extra probably” than previously to reply with navy pressure to perceived or actual Pakistani provocations.
“Crises between India and Pakistan are of specific concern due to the danger of an escalatory cycle between two nuclear-armed states,” it mentioned.
“New Delhi and Islamabad in all probability are inclined to strengthen the present calm of their relationship following each side’ renewal of a cease-fire alongside the Line of Management in early 2021. Nevertheless, Pakistan has an extended historical past of supporting anti-India militant teams, and underneath the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is extra probably than previously to reply with navy pressure to perceived or actual Pakistani provocations,” the report mentioned.
“Both sides’s notion of heightened tensions raises the danger of battle, with violent unrest in (Jammu and) Kashmir or a militant assault in India being potential flashpoints,” it learn.
It’s notable India has responded to the latest Uri and Pulwama terror assaults — perpetrated by Pakistani terrorists — by surgical strikes.