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WW3 fears were triggered earlier this year after conflict between China and India, but an expert has warned the crisis could escalate even further if a third nation intervenes. Deputy Director at The Asia Program, Michael Kegelman argued that Pakistan would be a key player in the skirmishes between India and China. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Kugelman said Pakistan is a bitter rival of India and will have the opportunity to take advantage of them being preoccupied.
Mr Kugelman said: “It is quite notable how so much of the world has tried to really stay out of this.
“It was only after you had violent clashes where you actually had public statements from Governments.
“I think Pakistan is the key player here as they are a bitter rival of India.
“Pakistan is a close ally of China and they have been firmly behind China in everything that has happened here.
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“If you want to talk about the possibility of further destabilisation, emerging from this is a limited bilateral spat between the two.”
Mr Kugelman warned how things could further escalate between the three countries and what role Pakistan may have.
He said: “I think you would have to worry about a situation where Pakistan tries to take advantage of India being bogged down with China.
“They could do this by engaging in provocative escalatory behaviour along its border with India.
“This border is always hotter than the India-China border just because each side uses heavy weaponry.
“If Pakistan tries to intensify things with rocket fire or cross border firing to provoke India that could be a problem.
“Another fear that India has is that Pakistan could take advantage of India being bogged down on its northern border with China by encouraging militant assets to cross the border into Kashmir and try and stir up trouble and stage attacks on India security forces.”
Mr Kugelmen concluded that both instances could result in more severe measure being taken by India as a response.
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He said: “If that was to happen that is when you have to worry about broader destabilisation and things like that.
“I don’t know of any country other than Pakistan that would actually want to become involved operationally or kinetically in a crisis much less a conflict between the two.
“We cannot overstate the significance of the fact that we have these very tense borders between India and Pakistan and India and China.”
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