China wants Pakistani military outposts to protect investments under Belt and Road Initiative

Islamabad, August 17: China has invested heavily in the conflict-prone regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of its wildly ambitious Belt and Road initiative, and diplomatic sources say it will station its troops in specially created outposts. and plans to protect the interests of both countries. .

China is keen to expand its influence in Central Asia through the routes of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has made strategic investments in both countries.

With Chinese investment estimated at over US$60 billion by some estimates, Pakistan relies heavily on China not only for financial assistance, but also for military and diplomatic assistance.

Given the huge power imbalance, China has begun pressuring Pakistan to allow it to build outposts to house armed personnel.

But Afghanistan, now ruled by the Taliban, still falls short of both China and Pakistan’s expectations in many ways.

A top diplomatic and security source in Islamabad, who requested anonymity for this report, believes the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is working on war scale to establish military outposts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Blai).

Chinese Ambassador Nong Long met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawar Bhutto and General Kamal Javed Bajwa, according to diplomatic sources.

Ambassador Ron has not been in Pakistan since the end of March 2022 this year and has only recently arrived.

However, the meeting where he called for the creation of the Chinese military outpost was probably the first formal meeting between Ambassador Rong and representatives of the new government and state.

The Chinese ambassador has continued to advocate for the safety of Chinese projects and the safety of its citizens, sources said.

China has already requested a security force outpost in Gwadar, as well as the use of Gwadar International Airport for fighter aircraft. US Air Force tests nuclear-capable long-range missile amid global tensions.

The facility, which can be used for military purposes, will soon be operational, as evidenced by the fence, another top source has revealed.

But the issue has its own delicate side, as the Pakistani people may not be happy with the Chinese military presence in the country.

The country was already in a debt trap, and there were fears that China’s tactics would be no better than the colonies.

Both China and Pakistan have their own concerns when it comes to Afghanistan. After the Taliban takeover, Pakistan and China expected unquestionable cooperation from landlocked countries.

One of the Pakistanis’ most important demands was to keep the Indians out of Afghanistan. But the Kandahar-based Taliban are not well-liked by Pakistan to attack.

The Taliban were keen on an independent foreign policy, including relations with India. Even the Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Yakub has proposed military training in India.

However, this was not the only area where Pakistan expected the new Afghan government to follow its wishes.

Groups affiliated with the Taliban, particularly Haqqanis, were expected to facilitate the destruction of Teherik-e-Taliban Pakistan and hand over wanted militants to the Pakistani military.

Haqqanis quickly made it clear that he would not comply. The reason is that Kandahari and some of his TTP leaders shared the same ancestral background. Left with no choice, the Pakistani military had to engage in complex ceasefire negotiations with his TTP.

Afghanistan’s new government was also supposed to recognize the Durand line as a border. Pakistan had been building wire fences at considerable cost in recent years, but within weeks the Taliban and her TTP cut the wire fences and claimed her FATA area of ​​Pakistan.

According to one source, Pakistan’s army chief of staff, General Bajwa, was already worried about a Taliban takeover, but was opposed by his intelligence chief, Faiz Hamid, and a powerful military commander. China: Woman sues male colleague for fractured ribs after hugging too hard.

China is also watching developments in Afghanistan with concern. The Chinese have their own concerns. The Taliban and Haqqanis have shown no interest in handing over Uyghur militants to Chinese authorities.

China also believes they are not serious about developing the Belt and Road network in Afghanistan. China wants access to Central Asia and Europe through CPEC and Afghanistan, diplomatic sources said.

There are concerns in Beijing that Uyghur militants may have begun working with the Baloch Group and the TTP to undermine the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

There have been a number of attacks inside Pakistan that have targeted Chinese civilians, including a bomb explosion in Quetta in April 2021 from which the Chinese ambassador narrowly escaped.

A year later, a Baloch suicide bomber killed three Chinese near the Confucius Institute in Karachi. These very incidents prompted renewed pressure from China to send its own security forces to Pakistan, which Pakistan repeatedly rejected.

Sources say China wants to expand its strategic role in Pakistan by deploying its own security personnel to protect its projects and citizens.

The source also said Beijing needs to secure Pakistan and Afghanistan at its military outposts because China is keen to invest in Afghanistan and wants to expand its Belt and Road projects.

China reminded Pakistan of its history of giving outposts to the United States and other countries during the Cold War. It gets more serious over time.

Sources say Pakistan has to pay 300 billion Pakistani rupees to Chinese companies and these companies are threatening Pakistan to shut down the power plant if the outstanding dues are not paid.

Bostan Industrial Park, Gwadar Port, Zone-I and Zone-II; several patrol units on CPEC’s western lines covering Awaran, Khuzdar, Hoshab and Turbat areas; The Mohmand Marble City (SEZ) near the Mohmand Authority and the Sost Dryport & Mokpondas Special Economic Zone in Gilgit-Baltistan are the major Chinese projects underway in Pakistan.

On the one hand, Pakistan is trapped in China’s debt trap diplomacy, and on the other hand, the Chinese government is constantly reminding them that it does not trust the Pakistani security apparatus.

Pakistan does not want to embarrass China, which has repeatedly received financial aid. But accepting the request could not only further tarnish its global image, but could also lead to more complex issues at home, and asked to remain anonymous for the report due to its proximity to the country’s decision-makers. A source concludes.

Recent Chinese pressure puts Pakistan in a tight spot where it will face consequences whether it complies with its demands or not.

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