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Pakistan is China’s largest foreign military ally.

India and Pakistan have had territorial disputes over Kashmir since the two countries’ independence in 1947. China has had a separate territorial dispute with India over a large area by the foothills of the Himalayas.

Over the years, China has quietly expanded its influence in Kashmir and now is in de facto control of one-eighth of the region. Its actions increase the odds for a major military conflagration in the Indian-Pakistani struggle over Kashmir.

Shaheen Eagle I was held inside Pakistan in 2011.

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