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  • Ajai Vir asked: Is it a coincidence that Pakistan has changed its stance on Kashmir when China has a working infrastructure in the region, or is there a link?

    Priyanka Singh replies: I do not think there is a link between the two. This year on February 5 during the so-called Kashmir solidarity day, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yusuf Raza Gilani stated that his country could not afford war on Kashmir. The statement, no doubt, is important and unprecedented but cannot be taken at the face of it. For us to discern that it somehow signals a significant policy shift on the part of Pakistan is both premature and impractical. At least India is not looking out for such reassurances. Rather, to hear, if Pakistan would stop proxy tactics of harbouring/supporting militant groups targeting India’s security, would have been much more assuring.

    Pakistan is too absorbed in managing its worsening internal security situation and is preoccupied balancing out equations with the US and China. It, therefore, is a foregone conclusion that it cannot easily think of opening up a new front on its eastern border in near future. Hence, what Gilani posited was literally correct but I don’t think it implies much on Pakistan’s obsession with the Kashmir issue.

    China’s extensive involvement in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a reality and it is possible that external factors such as this may lead to some kind of change in Pakistan’s approach towards PoK. In case such a shift occurs, it would be interesting to note how things pan out in the region.

    Visit of Pakistan Army Chief to China

    India will need to factor the growing PLA presence in and around Pakistan and be prepared to engage an increasingly confident Pakistan propped by Chinese support and driven by Chinese interests in the region.

    January 17, 2012

    What are friends for? The supply of restricted items to Chashma via China

    Coming close on the heels of the Chinese decision to build two nuclear power plants at Karachi as well as the continued assistance to the construction of nuclear reactors at Chashma, Xun Wang’s case raises the worrying spectre of spotty Chinese implementation of and compliance with international export control regulations.

    November 29, 2011

    China launches a communications satellite for Pakistan

    China’s launch of Pakistan’s first communications satellite demonstrates a deepening of their technological cooperation.

    August 24, 2011

    China’s Calibrated Response to Osama bin Laden’s Killing

    China’s response to the killing of Osama bin Laden has been cautious and marked by a degree of nuance given potential changes in US ties with Pakistan and India.

    May 13, 2011

    Chashma Nuclear Power Plant - II Starts Operation

    There is growing recognition among Pakistani experts that the reactor models being supplied by China to Pakistan are outdated and are based on 1970s technology.

    May 04, 2011

    India and the Pakistan-China Nexus in Gilgit-Baltistan

    China’s intensified engagement in the region, encompassing reconstruction and development, suggests a subtle move to alter the security situation.

    March 16, 2011

    China’s ‘all-weather friendship’ with Pakistan: Implications for India

    If the achievements of Premier Wen’s visit to India were more pronounced in terms of economic content, his visit to Pakistan was more characterised by political and strategic significance.

    January 04, 2011

    India-China Relations: It’s the economy, and no one’s stupid

    This Brief uses irony to communicate five propositions, that can be found in several discourses on Sino-Indian ties. It evaluates these propositions in the light of the tangible and intangible gains from Premier Wen Jiabao’s second official visit to India.

    December 28, 2010

    Obama’s Forthcoming Visit to India

    President Obama should make his stance clear on the issues of nuclear cooperation between China and Pakistan and perhaps take up the issue with Hu Jintao when he visits Washington DC early next year.

    November 04, 2010

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