New New strategy between China-Pakistan

by - October 08, 2020


                The friendship between India's two neighbors China and Pakistan is old. It is getting stronger with time, and it is being caught in a new form. Let's take the context of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting. Malaysia and Turkey are sure to support Islamabad in avoiding blacklisting, and the United States is expected to support it, but the biggest reliance is on Beijing. In fact, Islamabad's diplomatic relations in the international arena are changing as a result of its close ties with China. Today, the country is no longer as dependent on the West, especially the United States. Their main reliance is on Beijing's military prowess in four emergency situations: Chinese arms exports, nuclear cooperation, assistance to the domestic defense industry & joint intelligence operations. China's supply of conventional weapons began in the 1960s, two decades after its nuclear assistance. The intelligence agencies of the two countries have been cooperating with each other recently after the friendship became closer.             

CPEC Route
            Beijing's gains in this growing alliance over the past six decades are no less. By pointing the finger at a nuclear-armed country like Pakistan, they have repeatedly set an example to the smaller countries of South and West Asia, which are on the path to infinite strategic and economic ambition. Relations between the two countries began six decades ago with a full defense formula, which later expanded to economic and diplomatic levels. In the meantime, Pakistan's economy has slowed down, with mounting debt on its shoulders, but Islamabad has not stopped developing defense infrastructure with Chinese help. For example, in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), although China's profits are higher, Pakistan has ignored the blockade inside the country. They both deal with their confidence as they choose to embark on their play activities.

CPEC Route Map
            The axis of the two neighbors has always been uncomfortable for India. Lately, it has increased. Pakistan was listed in the FATF's gray list in June 2018 for allegedly using terrorism as a state policy against India. There is no conclusive evidence that they have deviated from that policy. Nevertheless, it is natural for India to be worried if China fights for Pakistan at the meeting. In fact, China's uninterrupted arms supply over the decades has not only increased Pakistan's defense but also provided the power to wage a war on terror on Indian soil. They did not even bother about India's response. It may be recalled that after the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, China's sympathy towards Pakistan increased markedly, and Beijing repeatedly raised the issue of Kashmir in the UN Security Council. Presumably, this alliance will be stronger with time. Therefore, India will also have to make the necessary strategic preparations to deal with it.

        Although India cannot comment directly or vote on the FATF, Pakistan's friend China is present there, but if FATF is blacklisted Pakistan, it is India's responsibility. India has no role in the list of extremists/militants in Pakistan issued by the International Red Cross Corner. But even if Pakistan is blacklisted in FATF, it is also India's responsibility. Like the proverb - Whoever doesn't like, his walking is crooked.

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