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Tensions in China remain high, crises between India and Pakistan likely to intensify India News

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NEW DELHI: Border tensions between India and China “remain high” despite force pullbacks and crises between India and Pak will become “more intense,” the US intelligence community said in its annual assessment of threats around the world.
The report said that while an all-out war between India and Pakistan is unlikely, crises between the two are likely to become “more intense, with the risk of a staggered cycle.”
Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India is more likely to respond with military force to actual or perceived Pakistani provocations, the US intelligence community told the US Congress.
Rising tensions increase the risk of conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, with violent riots in Kashmir or an attack by militants in India as potential hotbeds, the report said.
The US intelligence community opined that China is a “close competitor that challenges the US in multiple areas.” Highlighting India’s dispute with China, the US report stated that “interstate conflicts will also erupt, ranging from border clashes, such as the one between China and India, to potentially more sustained violent confrontations.”
The report, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said that “China’s occupation since May 2020 of the disputed border areas is the most serious escalation in decades and led to the first deadly border confrontation between the two countries since 1975. “.
Strongly condemning China’s aggression, the United States has also accelerated certain military supplies requisitioned by India.
For the United States, the intelligence community saw Russia as “pushing back against Washington where it can globally, employing techniques that include the use of force”; Iran was described as a “regional threat” with broader malicious influence activities; and North Korea as a “disruptive actor on regional and global stages.”

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