A Pentagon study, while analysing the balance of power scenario has said 'astute management' of US relations with Russia, China and India may prevent any regional conflict before 2025.
"India, which demographically and technologically is the dominant power in South Asia, has long attempted to reduce US and other western influence in the region," the study for 2001 Quadrennial Defence Review said.
The report added, "with the collapse of its client relationship with the Soviet military-industrial complex, India had to back away from its pseudo-hostility towards American power."
The study said, "although conflict with Pakistan appears a constant possibility, the situation differs markedly from the Cold War, when the US supported an anti-Soviet Pakistan."
On the current level of Indo-US ties it said, "a regional war involving the United States and India would be an unlikely occurrence, as there are incentives to warmer relations."
However, the study warned that in the absence of a competing ideology, the possibility of a China-Russia led coalition would be the worst-case politico-military scenario for the security of the United States.
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