As per The New York Times article dated 26 August, written by Mr. Selig S. Harrison, The Director of Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, a quiet geopolitical crisis is unfolding in the Northern Pakistan by China where Islamabad is handing over defacto control of the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region in the disputed Pakistan Occupied Kashmir ( POK ) to China. Referring to a variety of intelligence and other sources, he said an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 Chinese soldiers of ” People’s Liberation Army”, appeared to be stationed there for more or less permanently. It is matter of great concern to India and all peace loving countries, as it may damage the peace in the whole region.
In this context, I would like to bring some facts about China joining hands with Pakistan against India.
As per the authentic intelligence report received by India, China has already started constructing more than 22 strong underground tunnels in this strategic region with at most secret and a hectic military activity is in progress behind its ‘iron curtain’ not allowing even a single person to enter in this area. Since it is very close to Aksai-Chin area, the area China occupied from India during 1962, Indo-China war, it is a most strategically important speed route to move its troops , weapons and heavy vehicles from Eastern China to Kashmir.
China has also very deep long term strategic interest in this region as the Karakoram speed high-way pass through it. China has plans to extend it and also lay a railway line between the new Gwadarport in Baluchistan, built by China with its own money and Kashgar in Xingjiang province. Once this link is completed, it will take only less than 48 hours to reach Gulf, compared to 25 days they take now.
The important question now I ask you all, will China take over as Super-power, the security duties as US did with Panama Canal ?
Already Myanmar is in Beijing’s pocket. So is Bangla Desh in Pakistan’s in the name of Islam. And in the Indian Ocean, in Sri Lanka, China is in good-books, has built a deep sea port at Hambantola, as an expansion of its strategic foot print, very near to Indian mainland. All these are great concern to security of India and peace in Indian sub-continent.
Also, there is a great unease over China’s interference in Indo-Pakistan Kashmir issue. In a latest development, China now issues only stapled visa to Indian passport holding Kashmiries. No stamped visa for them. China has refused visa to a high ranking Indian Army Officer some time back as he happened to do his military duty in Kashmir. India protested in very strong terms in this incident to China. This for the first time in the history that China openly taking a partial stand on Kashmir favouring Pakistan.
Lastly now, China claim that Arunachal Pradesh, a Soverign State of India, also belong to them. As a proof, an Indian delegate when applied for visa to visit China , visa was refused, as he doesn’t need visa. All these are most deplorable on the part of China.
In conclusion, colluding with Pakistan, China arming Pakistan top to toe, there is a dark ‘ mushroom cloud’ of unrest dooming over Asian Region.