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India wary as China conducts biggest "long-range" war games

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Less than a week after India and China held what they described as fruitful talks on a long-standing border dispute, China embarked on a massive war-game designed to improve its ability to dispatch troops over long distances.

Not surprisingly, some in India are concerned.

As China's economy has grown, so has its offensive military capabilities, which has fueled something of an arms race in Asia, particularly with the region's other emerging economic power, India.

As we reported in June, the Indian Ocean – the vital transport hub for the region's goods and energy – will likely become a region of increasing strategic jockeying as the world's two largest countries seek to secure their economic positions. China's approach is dubbed the "String of Pearls" strategy by US military officials.

China and India fought a border war over their poorly demarcated boundary in the Himalayas in 1962, and China has at times since claimed sovereignty over territory that appears to be well on the western side of the border (this map shows the disputed area.)

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