Under PM Modi, India more likely than in past will respond with military force to external threats: US Intel
New Delhi, Apr 14: The US Intelligence Committee has said that the tensions between India and China remain high. While the India-Pakistan crisis is likely to intensify, the chances of a war remains remote, the committee further said.
In its annual assessment of threats around the world, the committee said that India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is more likely than in the past to respond with military force to real or perceived threats or provocations from Pakistan.
On China, the report said that the country was seeking to use coordinated, whole of government tools to demonstrate its growing strength and compel regional neighbours to acquiesce to Beijing’s preferences.
“China’s occupation since May 2020 of contested border areas is the most serious escalation in decades and led to the first lethal border clash between the two countries since 1975,” the report also added.
The report also said that as of mid-February after multiple rounds of talks, both sides were pulling back forces and equipment from some sites along the disputed border. The US has been following the border conflict closely and even condemned China’s aggression apart from expediting certain military supplies as requested by India.