WHETHER ASIA IS EXPOSED TO NUCLEAR CONFLICT
 
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Commander Maritime Component Command, Commander Maritime Operations Centre
Publish date: 2016-06-30
 
Security and Defence Quarterly 2016;11(2):70–92
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The analysis of the political-military situation in South-east Asia shows that it is a hot spot area which, in the future, might be a place of nuclear conflict. Disputes over natural resources, the petroleum and natural gas of the South China Sea, may make it a global hot spot. The main contenders who want to play the dominant role in the Asia and the Pacific Ocean area are the United States and China.

Territorial disputes can also start a future war. Kashmir, which remains the source of ceaseless tensions between India and Pakistan, can provide an example. Conflicts have already consumed thousands of victims and repeatedly put the feuding sides on the edge of the nuclear war.
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