Nuclear Asia: Current Dynamics and Challenges
International Conference on Asia-Pacific: 70 Years after the War, November 23, 2015, ICRIER, New Delhi
Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
The rise of China and the emergence of India have altered the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific Region. China’s efforts to counter US dominance, India’s efforts to counter China, and Pakistan’s efforts to counter India are logical actions arising from the current situation. A China Pakistan nexus that targets India is also a part of the current interplay between these parties.
The presentation will take into account the larger US-China competition which is the overall driver triggering many of these developments in the region. It will delve into India’s unique geo-political situation where it shares borders and a troubled history with two nuclear armed neighbours in China and Pakistan. While China has the distinction of possessing the world’s fastest growing nuclear force, Pakistan is home to the fastest growing nuclear stockpile in the globe today. In the background of continued Sino-Pak alliance, the above developments pose an important security challenge for India.
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