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WASHINGTON: India's main security concern now is an assertive China, which does not acknowledge its status as a global player, and not the increasingly decrepit state of Pakistan, according to an American think-tank.
"India's main security concern today is not the increasingly decrepit state of Pakistan but rather an ever more assertive China, whose ambitions are likely to reshape the contours of the regional and global balances of power with deleterious consequences for Indian interests," said the report titled 'Growing Complexities of Sino-India Ties'.

The report by the US Army College's Strategic Studies Institute says India's ties with China are gradually becoming competitive, with a sentiment gaining ground among Indian policy elites that China is not sensitive to its core security interests and does not acknowledge its status as a global player.

"India is rather belatedly gearing up to respond to China's rise with a mix of internal consolidation and external partnerships. The most important element in this matrix is India's emerging strategic partnership with the United States," said the report authored by Harsha V Pant, Professor of International Relations at the King's College London.

India "has looked to Washington for support as both Sino- Indian and Sino-US competition has come into sharper relief in recent years. As Sino-Indian ties pass through a phase of turmoil, Washington will have to play the critical role of a balancer with even greater finesse than before," it said.

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