With China, India and Pakistan engaged in a war of words, is the world’s largest continent sitting on a volcano?

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The recent events of aggression between Asian giants like China and India has brought the world’s largest continent on the brink of a possible escalation that could prove to be destructive, especially for the South Asian region. While the aggressive statements and economic policies have heated up the situation between the two neighbours, the recent flare-up on the Indo-Pak border has pushed the conflict too far ahead.The South China Sea has also become a spot of contention, with US Navy sending its two aircraft carriers into the ocean. The Chinese ministers have been accusing the U.S for provoking the Asian powerhouse for its vested interests. On the other hand, India and China have been engaged in a deadly faceoff from last 7-8 months. The former has also accused the latter of expansionism for trying to intrude into the Indian Territory at multiple points along the LAC in Ladakh.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has also been conducting drills around the Paracel Island, a disputed archipelago. Vietnam and Philippines have protested against the exercise, while U.S has also criticized the move. It is no secret that the current flare-up between these major powers is quite different from the usual confrontation. This time, more countries are involved in the conflict and most of them have probably been drawn into a skirmish, which doesn’t seem to be ending through a peaceful route.

It won’t be an exaggeration of facts to say that the entire region is sitting on a time bomb. At this juncture, an unwanted step or a single mistake from any of the countries may prove to be costly, not just for China, India or Pakistan, but for the world peace at large. “China is just pushing on all the fronts. I’m worried at some point the dam is going to break somewhere,” said a former defence official of the U.S recently.

The winter has settled in, but the faceoff between India and China hasn’t ended, although there are talks about the possible disengagement process that may solve the problem. However, the involvement of third entity in the shape of Pakistan along the Kashmir border will be a crucial spectrum. The pendulum could swing either way, but, the hope of a peaceful resolution is diminishing fast and the possibility of a full-blown war is increasing with every passing day.

Last modified: November 16, 2020

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