PART 1: Where we stand India lies in a very unenviable position, it is sandwiched between two neighbors to the north that seek to cause mayhem and to mold India into a country that is more suitable to them. Long standing border disputes are but one of the many problems India faces with these countries. However, with both India's and china's economy booming, it has thrown into sharp contrast the differences in how china has successfully approached this conflict whereas the Indian govt. has once again been lethargic and have seriously compromised national security in the pretense of seeking peace with two countries that don't seem too interested in it. It is evident that an all out conflict in the subcontinent seems unlikely as it will escalate into an all out nuclear war that will bring about the death of untold millions and possibly billions. However, such a drastic option must always be on the table when facing such aggressive adversaries. China has tried its best and succeeded for the most part in enveloping India. India has already fallen behind China when it comes to "recruiting" its neighbors. Bases under Chinese control Naval presence of the Chinese However, one needs to take a step back and look at the bigger picture at hand. Every nation in the world strives to meet one goal; protection, i.e. the capacity to protect its investments and itself from a foreign threat. So going by that logic, the reason for this rapid expansion by the Chinese is because of a simple reason; Fear. The fear that China would be starved into submission..not through food but rather the element that drives every modern country and one that is even more necessary for an emerging powerhouse like China; that is Oil. It is estimated that by 2020 China would need about 600 million tonnes of crude oil to fulfill its demands and even though they have tried their best to diversify, the majority of China's Oil comes from the middle East through the worlds shipping lanes. This places them in a very vulnerable spot as their repeated conflicts with India has made India an untrustworthy ally at best and given the geographical importance of India...it is in China's interest to expand its reach. Going by this logic, India will seek to strike at the heart of the Chinese war machine in the event of war and to do this India too needs to expand.... The next 2 parts will focus on Pakistan's role in this and PART 3 will examine what India will need to do to combat this ANY KIND OF VS THREAD IS AGAINST THE FORUM RULES, PLEASE READ THE RULES IN ANNOUNCEMENT SECTION. TITLE OF THE THREAD IS BEING CHANGED.