India-Pakistan tension

India-Pakistan tension
South Asia’s two nuclear-armed powers have been at loggerheads since they became separate states in 1947. Border disputes, especially over the region of Kashmir, have caused frequent spikes in tensions. More recently, terrorist attacks and geopolitical maneuvering are straining ties. China’s more active foreign policy and changing priorities in the United States have set off a shift in alliances, further fueling tension.

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Zhoushan port, April 28, 2020: Special operation soldiers of the 35th Fleet of China’s navy salute before departing for an escort mission at the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia; China’s expanding presence in the Indian Ocean alarms New Delhi (source: dpa)

New standoffs between China and India

China and India are beefing up their military capabilities again. The two Asian giants are confronting each other in the traditional hotspots along their disputed border in the Himalayas and, more recently, in the Indian Ocean. War is still not in the cards, but the growing tension adds to the region’s volatility.

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