China Expands Airbase Near Ladakh,
India-China Border Tensions
5-27-20, Time.com -- As precursors to possible nuclear war go, fistfights and stone throwing aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind. However, along India and China’s long 2000 mile contested border, that’s exactly what's been happening.
Recently the saber rattling has prompted US President Trump to offer to mediate what he called a “now raging dispute” between Asia’s two major military and nuclear powers.
Tensions along the two borders have been high for decades, with the Indian government reporting more than 1,000 mostly minor incursions by Chinese troops between 2016-18. Currently hostilities have increased following large Chinese troop movements into previously Indian-controlled territory and the enlargement of the Chinese Airbase ...
A Nuclear War Between India and China?
9-30-19, NationalInterest -- War Between India and China Could Go Nuclear Millions could Die. A hypothetical war between India and China would be one of the largest and most destructive conflicts in Asia. It would/could rock the Indo-Pacific region taking a significant toll on the global economy. India and China border one another in two locations, northern India/western China and eastern India/southern China, with territorial disputes in both areas. China attacked both theaters in October 1962, starting a month long war that resulted in minor Chinese gains on the ground. Both countries have a “No First Use” policies regarding nuclear weapons but that debatable; both countries have such large populations, each over 1.3 billion, that they are essentially unconquerable...
India & Pakistan: Why India wants to break its decades-old nuclear pledge with Nuclear Armed Pakistan
Aug 22, 2019 - India's re-evaluation of its "no first use" nuclear pledge has implications for ... a furious reaction from Pakistan, which, like India, claims the entire territory. ... all reserved the right to use nuclear weapons first in a severe conflict. India's defense minister recently suggested that the country may re-evaluate its "no first use of nuclear weapons" doctrine, raising the stakes at a time of high tension with its nuclear-armed neighbor Pakistan.
Shortly after India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998, senior Indian officials declared India would follow a no-first-use doctrine. In 2003, India revised that commitment in releasing a revised official doctrine that explicitly maintained the option to retaliate with nuclear weapons in the event of a chemical or biological weapons attack. While many noted that India's move to "no first use of weapons of mass destruction" was a less expansive commitment than it had originally made, it was not regarded as a major shift. In 2016, India's then-defence minister Manohar Parrikar wondered why India should "bind" itself by declaring no-first-use. Better, Mr Parrikar argued, for adversaries not to know what India might do
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