Why China Doesn’t Want to Get Caught in the Middle of an India-Pakistan Conflict


China is on the verge of being sucked into an India-Pakistan crisis, amid rising tensions in Kashmir. Diplomatic relations between longtime rivals India and Pakistan reached their lowest point in years this week, after Pakistan claimed its air force shot down two Indian jets near the Line of Control, capturing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

That came a day after the Indian Air Force launched airstrikes against a terrorist camp in Pakistan, the first such incursion since the India-Pakistan war of 1971.

It isn’t just that China shares a border with Kashmir — Beijing also has important links with both Pakistan and India that it needs to balance. Read More

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