CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 25, 2009) –– An Indian army Soldier prepares to advance towards a village with U.S. Soldiers from Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment “Strykehorse,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii during a dismounted patrol conducted by both armies during Exercise Yudh Abyas 09, a bilateral exercise involving the Armies of India and the United States. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs)

International Response to Kashmir Situation: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. China warned by India

China has voiced its opposition to the administration of Kashmir under Indian rule, with Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Hua Chunying saying: “China is always opposed to India’s inclusion of the Chinese territory in the western sector of the China-India boundary into its administrative jurisdiction. Recently India has continued to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally changing its domestic law. Such practice is unacceptable and will not come into force.” India, Pakistan and China claim all or parts of Kashmir, and China’s response is expected. Meanwhile, India has since reacted to China’s comments and warned China that the government’s contentious move to strip Kashmir of its autonomy and split the region into two parts was an “internal matter”. It is important not to underpin the importance of China in this conflict, as aggression between India and China over Kashmir could even be seen as more likely than with Pakistan.

2. Israeli caution

Israel, a close ally of India, has chosen to take its precautions and call its citizens to leave Kashmir. Even before the new travel advisory by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the Prime Minister’s Office, Israel has long warned its citizens to avoid the region due to terror threats and military tensions between India and Pakistan. This also comes as a response to a government order in Kashmir on Friday asking tourists and Hindu pilgrims visiting a Himalayan cave shrine “to curtail their stay” in the disputed territory. Israel’s abidance by India’s decision and its silence on the matter signifies the strong ties it has developed with the nation, and its hopes to continue to grow them.

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3. UAE supports India

4. Germany tries to resolve the situation

5. Will the US act as mediator?

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