US Imperialism & Unfolding the growing Pakistan-China Ties
BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
Origins of Sino-Pakistan relations
India’s hatred campaign and nuclear threat brought Pakistan closer first to USA and then to China and Pakistan has very cautiously developed the ties for years now.. However, India could somehow help bring about a wedge in US-Pakistan ties in the aftermath of Sept-11 hoax after USA invaded and occupied both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The strange bed-partnership between global dictator USA and south Asia’s big power India, arranged by Indo-US intelligences further strengthened Pakistan-China relations to greater heights, benefiting both. Strategic targeting of China by Indo-US duo could only deepen the ties between Islamic Pakistan and Communist China which also kills Muslims in the Xinjiang region predominantly inhabited by Muslims
Pakistan’s economy is in shatters due mainly to faulty policy decisions and implementation strategies. Ever increased military spending to face Indian threat has left majority Pakistanis with little resources on their welfare.
Over years of serving the Americans has made Pakistan a land of people existing on service charges collected from USA and Europe. They collect these charges even for helping the NATO terrorists in killing Muslims.
China of late stepped up economic support to Pakistan and seeks a safe route through Pakistan to Arabian world for importing energy goods. Pakistan would benefit from envisaged the sea-rail-road line as well, also by collecting service charges. .
Changes of regimes in Pakistan and China did not affect the ever-growling Sino-Pakistan ties. Pakistan. Regular visits by officials and leaders between Pakistan and China have become a regular feature. The economic ties have reached so high that Gen Musharraf got the military to attack the Red Mosque, killing Imam and other Muslims in order to uphold prostitution by Chinese ladies.
In his address to the nation after having been chosen as Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif enumerated the challenges that his government is facing, and these include terrorism, lawlessness, power shortage, economic recession, rampant corruption, bad image of the country, unemployment and price hike. After his address, delivered in the Parliament, Sharif immediately met with his senior officials to tackle the country’s worst energy crisis, as the power outage has badly affected the country’s economy, business activities and normal life among Pakistanis.
In his speech, Sharif also announced a comprehensive national plan of action to promote agricultural, economic and trade activities to put the economy of the country on a strong footing. Pakistan’s economy suffered a lot due to the war on terror (in reality, US war on Islam) and official figures suggest about 70 billion U.S. dollars in losses since Pakistan joined the US-led war in late 2001.
Pakistan is eager to further strengthen its Sino relations and rebuild economy. Security is another major concern of Pakistan. .
Return of Sharif regime
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who returned to power in Islamabad was in China till 8th July to try to revive his country’s economy. Energy, transport and investment are on the agenda Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking with him as he began a six-day visit to China (3-8 July). His ultimate aim is to revive his country’s economy, which has been paralysed by an energy crisis and violent Islamic fundamentalism. The construction of a road and rail corridor between Kashgar (in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang) and the port of Gwadar (Baluchistan province) on the Arabian Sea is part of the broader picture.
Nawaz Sharif said that his government would promote Pakistan-China partnership by implementing cooperation projects. The cooperation achievements made by Pakistan and China’s Guangdong province reflect the profound friendship between people of the two nations. The provincial governor of Guangdong, Zhu Xiaodan said Guangdong is willing to boost bilateral trade and two-way investment, and promote cooperation in the fields of power industry, infrastructure construction, tourism and agriculture with Pakistan. The province, said Zhu, will put in more efforts to support the development of Kashgar in Muslim Xinjiang Uygur Region, which contribute to the construction of an economic corridor between the two countries.
The new government is now working out plan on what measures will be adopted to revive the country’s ailing economy. Sharif said that the new government will focus on economic revival that will help the country increase its exports and reduce expenditures. Aziz, who also served as finance and foreign minister in the previous PML-N governments, sees economic revival as a means to strengthen Pakistan internally and pave the way for better conduct globally.
Alongside maintaining good ties with Beijing, Pakistan also wants to cement its weakening ties with global dictator, the USA. Islamabad after serving the enemies of Islam, faces a tough task in dealing with some key foreign affairs issues including normalizing relationship with the United States, India and Afghanistan. India is eager to make use of Mideast-China corridor and hence woos China by importing their cheap electronic stuff as among favors to Beijing
During his stay in China, he met members of the Politburo, namely President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang.
Gwadar port & Kashgar-Gwadar rail line
The Kashgar-Gwadar project is of great interest to both countries. Sharif knows that Gwadar has significant geopolitical and economic importance for China. It can provide a short route for Chinese crude imports from the Middle East and for its exports to the region. The project “will help both countries as well as the development of the whole region. In addition to trade, many analysts see the port of Gwadar as part of China’s plan to increase its naval power and influence in the Indian Ocean, considered the future centre of international energy exchanges.
Earlier, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese President Hu Jintao met during an official visit of the Pakistani leader to the mainland. They discussed plans to build a railway line from Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province to the Pakistani port of Gwadar. This could give China direct access to the Persian Gulf and make Pakistan an alternative route for Chinese goods and Middle East and African oil, which currently have to go around India. Such a railway line would allay China’s greatest fear, a naval blockade that could stop oil shipments from Africa and the Middle East. However, major political, technical and financial problems remain, including India’s opposition.
Sharif has chosen Beijing for his first official trip following victory in the 11 May elections to search for assistance in building a road and rail corridor between Kashgar in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang and the port of Gwadar in Pakistan. He has been meeting with members of the Politburo to push the project which has been touted as a short route for Chinese crude imports from the Middle East and for exports. Many Asian business analysts have suggested the port of Gwadar will be allow China to follow through on its plan to increase its naval power and influence in the Indian Ocean.
Pakistani Prime Minister in Beijing discussed energy and investments. The construction of a road-and-rail corridor between Kashgar (Xinjiang) and Gwadar (Baluchistan) on the Arabian Sea is crucial. This way, Pakistan could solve its energy crisis, but in return, it will likely to “stop” the emergence of “Islamic fundamentalism”, worrying all anti-Islamic nations world side, by implementing Islamic law through successful rule without corruption and liquor, bys topping the foreign powers from using Pakistanis as paid agents of anti-Islamism.
The Kashgar-Gwadar line starts in the heart of Xinjiang province and cross into Baluchistan, a desert province bordering Iran and Afghanistan, and among the poorest in Pakistan. Both areas have often been the scene of sectarian clashes. International energy exchanges between the countries would likely start in the heart of Xinjiang province and cross into Baluchistan in Pakistan. Baluchistan is a desert province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.
Baluchistan has been in the hands of paramilitary forces for decades. The exploitation of gas and mineral resources by the government has unleashed attacks by extremist and separatist movements, as well as Taliban groups. If approved, the project might force Pakistan to find a final settlement to the fundamentalist emergency that has ravaged the country, a problem many blame on the central government in Islamabad.
The ambitious plan has been on the drawing boards for many years. It has advantages for both parties. Beijing would have direct access to the Arabian Sea; currently, 80 per cent of China’s oil travels through the Indian Ocean and the Strait of Malacca, an area plagued by piracy. More importantly, in case of war, China’s enemies could easily block its oil supplies. Pakistan would especially benefit from increased traffic in the Gwadar port, which was built with Chinese capital and assistance and opened in 2008.
In recent days, fresh unrest broke out in Xinjiang between indigenous ethnic Uyghur (who are Turkic and Muslim) and Han Chinese, the majority in China. Beijing blamed the attacks on Islamic extremists trained in Pakistan, in camps run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.
China People’s Liberation Army Navy Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo said China relied too heavily on sea transportation for its oil imports. Hence, “We must either build a much more powerful navy or find alternative transportation channels.” Afghan Army Chief General Sher Mohammad Karimi who takes orders from CIA-Pentagon terror duo said that Pakistan controlled and gave shelter to Taliban leaders, deliberately unleashing fighters on Afghanistan. But he refuses to admit that USA is using Pakistan against Afghanistan.
Corruption- a common phenomenon?
Corruption is the central part of capitalism and all terrocracies promote corruption as state policy
In recent years, Chinese leadership and government have been rigorously battling to contain rampant corruption from the country but with no success so far. Many communist leaders are also corrupt Pakistan is a corruption ridden nation but the leadership never cared to fight the menace. Leaders themselves are corrupt.
Many in Pakistan believe that the Pakistan People’s Party and its allies were trounced in the May 11 general elections because of their failure to solve the power crisis. The state-owned Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) currently faces a shortfall of more than 6,000 MW — 60 percent of its total generation, forcing it to resort to power outage for 12 hours in major cities including capital Islamabad. During the campaign, Sharif, a businessman himself, had promised the people that he would focus his attention as prime minister on solving the energy crisis.
Strangely, corruption was on the way up in Islamic Pakistan because of a total lack of accountability. There was no mechanism to enforce accountability. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that daily corruption in Pakistan could amount to as high as 7 billion rupees.
Rampant corruption in government was a key reason for the defeat of the then PPP ruling coalition. Sharif also mentioned corruption as one of the major problems of Pakistan and declared in the parliament which his government will have to eradicate. Pakistan’s ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) had gone from being the 42nd most corrupt country in 2011 to 33rd in 2012, according to the Berlin-based Transparency International.
Can China contain Obama’s drone terrorism?
Another major challenge for the new government is the surge of NATO state terrorists who have made a weak Pakistan a safe haven for terror operations against Muslims. US occupation of Pakistan and the brave fight by Muslims against the invaders have already claimed the lives of 50,000 people since 2002, according to official data.
The actual tally could be much more. Neither the CIA nor the Pakistani intelligence is willing to reveal the truth about Muslim casualties
The Taliban, the ousted Islamist rulers of Afghanistan with branches in Pakistan remains the main fighter (insurgent) group in the country bravely defending their nation’s sovereignty against continued occupation of Pakistan by western fascist nations led by USA-UK terror twins, had offered to join a peace dialogue with the new government but the CIA wants to the occupation to continue and so after a U.S. drone attack killed Waliur Rehman Mehsud, the Taliban deputy chief, in North Waziristan tribal region. The Taliban alleged that the United States is conducting the aerial attacks with the help of Pakistan and vowed to revenge the killing of Mehsud.
Pakistani security analysts said that Sharif is in the best position to pursue peace negotiations with the Taliban. In fact, days after Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party emerged as the biggest winner in the May 11 elections, he had stated that he will take the Taliban dialogue offer seriously. However, the issue is complicated as it is widely believed that the powerful army is not amenable to any talks with the Taliban unless they recognize the country’s constitution and to lay down their arms.
It will be now be a test for Sharif on how he would deal with the situation since he could not discount the opinion of the Pakistani Army, a powerful force in Pakistan society.
Now Pakistanis hate Americans and Europeans being invaders-criminals and hence looks to China. The controversial U.S. drone strikes in the country’s tribal regions despite Pakistan’s opposition are the main sources of tensions between Washington and Islamabad. Realizing sensitivity of the issue, Sharif has called for an end to the drone attacks in his maiden speech in the parliament. But the U.S. has ruled out any change in the CIA-controlled terror mission.
Now the Kashgar-Gwadar railway, which until recently appeared to be technically impossible because of the difficult terrain, at 5,000 metres above sea level, could be built thanks to the experience and knowledge China has accumulated during the construction of the Qinghai-Tibet railway. However, the Kashgar-Gwadar project would be “more difficult than the one in Tibet” because Chinese surveyors and mappers will not have as good an understanding of the local terrain as they did in Tibet. This would also create uncertainties about the cost, which Wang estimates would be around 200 million yuan (US$ 30 million) per kilometre, a bill too great even for Beijing.
The proposed railway would have to pass through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, an occupied territory which is claimed by India, and would thus undermine the latter’s claim. Indeed, Indian media have described the project as a serious threat to India’s security. However, the idea still has many supporters in China and many see its completion as only a matter of time.
China wants Pakistan to put pressure on the Taliban leadership to help with Mideast-China energy corridor project or convinced them what to do. China also wants Pakistan to kill every Pakistani who opposes Chinese repression of Muslims in China, especially in Xinjiang
India does not look favorably at closer Sino-Pakistani relations. New Delhi has always regarded Islamabad as its main adversary and Beijing as its main rival. Both India and its “strategic” partner USA have joined hands to destabilize Pak-China ties.
By joining the ME-China energy corridor, India hopes to end Kashmir issue in its favor. Because, China also has got a portion of Jammu Kashmir under its occupation. Clearly India, China and Pakistan have vested interest in promoting the energy corridor.
Relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan is currently tense over cross-border attacks and Kabul’s claim that Pakistani forces under CIA control have put up checkpoints on the Afghan side of the border.
Economy, security and stability of Pakistan now depend on the reported 2014 NATO withdrawal to avoid instability in the war-torn Afghanistan. Also, Pakistan has a vital role to play in the fragile Afghan peace process.
Islamic Pakistan has primary duty before Islam and faith. Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League party in Pakistan is committed to that objective. Freedom, security, economy and equality are necessary ingredients of faith.
So long as Pakistan allows the foreign terror infrastructures to operate on its soil, targeting Muslims and neighbors, it may be easy to implement Islamic law.
Sharif should request the Obama to withdraw all western state terrorists from Pakistan for stability, progress and regional peace.
No other alternative for peace and stability in Pakistan. .
DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL [Educationist, Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Specialist on State Terrorism ; Commentator on world affairs & sport fixings, Expert on Mideast Affairs,Forme
r university Teacher; Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; Editor: FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Palestine Times: RANDOM THOUGHTS; (https://abdulrubb.wordpress.com); website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: email@example.com]