China denies plotting with Pakistan to smother India as World War 3 tensions ERUPT

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It warned making the allegation could “backfire” and make the allegation “materialize into a reality”. On Tuesday Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe completed a two day visit of Pakistan.

During his time a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two countries which pledged to strengthen their defence cooperation.

However this sparked anger in India with one tabloid alleging the agreement was aimed at their “common foe – India”.

Another warned the deal is “changing military dynamics in South Asia”.

The claims were fiercely denied by the Global Times, a paper controlled by China’s governing Communist Party and which usually reflects official thinking.

Lan Jianxue, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific studies department at the China Institute of International Studies, condemned the allegations.

He wrote: “This is obviously an over-interpretation of the actual situation.

“Since China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, it is natural for the two countries to not only keep high-level strategic mutual trust, but also deepen their military and defence cooperation.

“Such interactions do not necessarily have any connection with considerations regarding India.

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In June 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with their Chinese counterparts along the two country’s contested border.

As firearms are banned near the border the two sides fought with iron bars, clubs wrapped in barbed wire and rocks.

Chinese casualties were also reported though the exact number has not been confirmed by Beijing.

India retaliated by banning a number of Chinese apps, including TikTok, from its mobile networks.

In February 2019 Indian and Pakistani forces engaged in a deadly clash in Kashmir, which is claimed by both nations.

India launched airstrikes against what it claimed were terrorist training camps in Pakistan resulting in retaliatory Pakistani raids into India.

One Indian MiG-21 was shot down and its pilot taken prisoner and later released.

In 1962 India and China fought a short war along their contested border.

The fighting, which lasted just over a month, left several thousand dead on both sides.



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