Pakistan and China

It strikes me as naive that there is so much uproar about Pakistan and threats to withdraw American aid because of the Bin Laden business, while quietly a major strategic shift is happening and Pakistan is aligning its future with China, who are using it to counter the power of India, and also to establish naval base at Gwadar along the route of its oil supply from the Middle East (it has done the same thing in Myanmar/Burma). So while we focus on the lives of boring celebrities and zero sum budget games in US politics, with ideology rampant, the world moves on.

There is a great article on these developments in today’s Financial Times, which is too long to print in full and begins

It was a piece of intelligence worthy of what the Russians call the “tournament of shadows”, when the great powers of the era – London and St Petersburg – vied over central Asia more than a century ago. Then, maps and mavericks determined who held sway over a North-West Frontier that today has mutated into a battleground between ebbing US and surging Chinese influence. And the claim came from the top of the Indian military establishment.

Speaking in April, Lieutenant General K.T. Patnaik, the head of India’s northern command, maintained that Chinese soldiers were stationed on the highly volatile line of control that divides the disputed territory of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the nuclear-armed rivals.

“Many people today are concerned about the fact that if there were to be hostilities between us and Pakistan what would be the complicity of the Chinese?” Lt Gen Patnaik told his audience in Jammu and Kashmir, on the Indian side of the line. “Not only because they are in the neighbourhood but [because] they are actually stationed and present on the LoC.”

The rest is at:

Here is an interesting map, and statistics from the article:

Pakistan map

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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2 Responses to Pakistan and China

  1. We’re from Berlin, Germany, and several individuals here are actually ashamed that Germany is just not fighting in addition to NATO in Libya. We didn’t comprehend the mental attitude of our own government. When talking about the armed forces, Germany is simply preposterous.

  2. Ricarda, I understand how you might feel. But I also understand that after the history of the 20th century, Germans might be reluctant to fight overseas. The problem is that it is a dangerous world, and ultimately as I think you are suggesting, armed forces ultimately have to be prepared to fight. We all rightly care about casualty figures, but war is inherently dangerous, best avoided but if not avoidable, then casualties are inevitable and we should look after the wounded well. Thanks for your comment.

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