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India Preparing for Conflict with China: US Intel Chief

February 2, 2012

(Press Trust of India, February 1, 2012)

Washington: Noting that India is increasingly getting concerned about
China's posture on its border, a top US intelligence official on Wednesday
said that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a "limited conflict"
with China. "Despite public statements intended to downplay tensions
between India and China, we judge that India is increasingly concerned
about China's posture along their disputed border and Beijing's perceived
aggressive posture in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region," Director
of National Intelligence James Clapper said in his prepared testimony
before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

"The Indian Army believes a major Sino-Indian conflict is not imminent, but
the Indian military is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a
limited conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance
Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean," he said.

India, Clapper said, has expressed support for a strong US military posture
in East Asia and US engagement in Asia. He said China in 2011 appeared to
temper the assertive behavior that characterised its foreign policy the
year before, but the internal and external drivers of that behavior
persist. "Moreover, although Chinese leaders have affirmed their commitment
to a peaceful and pragmatic foreign policy - and especially to stable
relations with China's neighbours and the rest of the world - Beijing may
take actions contrary to that goal if it perceives that China's sovereignty
or national security is being seriously challenged," he said. Many of
Beijing's military capability goals have now been realised, resulting in
impressive military might. Other goals remain longer term, but the Chinese
army is receiving the funding and political support to transform it into a
fully modern force, capable of sustained operations in Asia and beyond, he
said.
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