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'China indulging in muscular diplomacy with India'

By The Assam Tribune

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (PTI) - China is indulging in 'muscular diplomacy' with India, two noted American scholars have said and recommended the US to not only keep a close tab on Sino-India border frictions, but also enhance the defense cooperation with India.

Over the last few years, tensions have been brewing between India and China over their long-held border disputes, said Dean Cheng and Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation.

"The source of the tensions is multi-faceted but driven in large part by China's concern with an emergent India and Beijing's desire to consolidate its position on Tibet," they said.

While military conflict between the two Asian giants is unlikely any time soon, recent Chinese moves illustrate a broader trend of muscular diplomacy from Beijing over its various territorial claims, Cheng and Curtis said.

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