Pakistan on Tuesday warned it would not desist from using its nuclear arsenal in case of war with longtime rival India. Defense Minister Khawaja Asif told local Express TV channel: “Pakistan has not developed these [nuclear] weapons to showcase. They are meant for our defense. “I want to make it clear that Pakistan will go out and spare no option if Indian forces enter our territorial borders.” Source Anadolu Agency
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China would considering sending troops into the disputed border region between Djibouti and Eritrea, the Chinese envoy to the African Union said, as tension between the two East African countries mounts. Beijing would consider intervening if border tensions between the two countries exploded, Kuang Weilin told the Associated Press on Friday, adding that he hoped the dispute would be “solved amicably.” Source RT
The military standoff between China and India along their border should be resolved by September before the BRICS summit in Xiamen, Chinese experts said, but how the standoff is resolved depends on India. “The ongoing border tension is testing China’s patience, and if the border tension remains until September, it would be very embarrassing for Indian leaders to come to China to attend the BRICS summit. Source Global Times
The ‘Joint Sea 2017’ drills of the Russian and Chinese naval forces have begun the first stage of major exercises, marking the first time they have taken place in Europe. Source RT