DavidD wrote:kit wrote:they are welcome to meddle in kashmir . It makes things simpler for India as well . If you didnt understand what i meant , a limited "nuke" war will rightly mean a full blown nuke war with China . No use hiding behind paki generals and cocking a "nuclear" snook at India . The Chinese eastern board will be hit along with whichever place in India is targeted.
Why would there be a nuke war?
Since the 1980s, the Chinese have been proliferating nuclear weapons to the Pakistanis in the hope of containing India.
The Pakistanis have been using these nuclear weapons as part of a strategy of blackmail, to provide a WMD umbrella in case India mounted a conventional military response against Pakistan-sponsored jihadi terrorism.
The strategy of nuclear blackmail has proven, increasingly over the past 18 years, to be one of diminishing returns for Pakistan. India has been calling their bluff with growing contempt, beginning with Kargil and continuing, most recently, with the IA's surgical strike in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Today the Pakistanis are so afraid of an Indian conventional response to a terrorist attack that they claim to have "developed" tactical nuclear weapons or TNWs, which they threaten to use against advancing Indian forces within Pakistani territory . Of course, these TNWs are simply more items they have acquired through Chinese proliferation.
Now there's never been any doubt that the Pakistani use of TNWs against Indian forces, even on its own soil, would bring about a full-scale nuclear riposte by India against Pakistan. That is India's stated nuclear doctrine.
What has never been explicitly stated is whether the Indian nuclear riposte against Pakistan's use of nuclear weapons would also target China, the source of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. Until now, this was an open question.
By threatening to become overtly involved in a conventional India-Pakistan conflict, the Chinese have themselves made the answer to that question obvious.
It is now in Beijing's most dear and delicate interest to ensure that Pakistan doesn't use a single TNW, even if Indian troops have sawed their country in half and liberated Baluchistan, Sindh, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa from Islamabad's imperialism.