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WW3 fears: India faces fronts on both sides as China and Pakistan’s relationship grows

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Last month, India had a number of unarmed clashes along the 2,100-mile border with China and is now facing threats from Pakistan after they violated their Line of Control ceasefire. Tensions around the world continue to rise amid fears of a world war outbreak.

On Tuesday (June 2), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with US President Donald Trump on the “situation on the India-China border”.

Mr Trump offered to mediate the feud between the countries but they have both rejected the offer and claimed the situation is under control.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said: “At present, the overall situation in the China-India border areas is stable and controllable.

“On border-related issues, there have been sound mechanisms and channels of communication between China and India, and the two sides are capable of properly resolving relevant issues through dialogue and consultation.

“There is no need for any third party to intervene.”

However, there has been no confirmation that the situation had been resolved.

Last week, the Global Times reported border forces had been armed with new tanks, drones and helicopters.

It was also reported the Chinese military had held high-altitude infiltration exercises in the Tanggula Mountains in Tibet, a highly contested boundary.

Around 5,000 Chinese troops were at the border, according to Indian media.

There has been no official confirmation of the scale of troop deployments but reports suggested China’s People’s Liberation Army has sent multiple advanced weapon systems and refitted fighter jets for operation in high altitude areas of the Tibetan plateau.

The Indian army has also moved several battalions from an infantry division usually based in the Ladakh city of Leh, near the border, to “operational alert areas” along the frontier, reports claim.

Troop reinforcements have also been mobilised from other areas.

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A security source told the South China Morning Post: “The J-16s were supposed to be deployed to Ngari Gunsa for regular training, but like the J-11s and other fighters, they stayed there because of the stand-off.

“The Indian Air Force has deployed more aircraft to the borders, so the PLA needs to deploy the J-16s, which are more advanced than India’s Su-30MKI fighters.”

Violence was reported elsewhere in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Pakistan have reportedly violated their Line of Control ceasefire with small arms fire and heavy mortar shelling against a tone in the India-administered Kashmir.

Over the years, New Delhi and Islamabad have fought deadly conflicts over the region since the petition in 1947.

Last year, the two countries engaged in cross-border strikes after India accused Pakistan of harbouring insurgents responsible for a suicide attack.

Pakistan continues to deny the charges.

After Mr Modi reshaped the Indian constitution in August and asserted federal rule over Kashmir and Ladakh, tensions escalated.

Both Pakistan and China condemned the move with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan warned security and human rights implications could bring the two nuclear-armed rivals to war.

Pakistan recently signed to be part of China’s One Belt, One Road policy, strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka – all who border India – also joined the initiative.

Back in January, Pakistan and China both held joint naval drills and combined counterterrorism manoeuvres a month earlier, sparking fears of a World War 3 outbreak.

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