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US disguised hand behind China-Pak relations

09:57, September 08, 2010

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By Li Hongmei

The New York Times in a recent report had claimed that around 11,000 Chinese troops were present in the Gilgit-Baltistan region administered by Pakistan. China, however, dismissed the report saying it was designed to provoke China-Pak relations and also hurt its already volatile ties with India.

Sure enough, the report was quickly echoed by the Indian media who in chorus bawled China out for its “aggressive posturing” on issues critical to India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

India has long been wary of the iron-clad China-Pakistan relations, and of late its concerns have been heightened after the allegedly Beijing's denial of visa to a senior Indian army commander on grounds that his command included Jammu and Kashmir.

Although India flays even the Chinese plan to build dams and other infrastructure projects in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the US seems to have more often fixated on the strategic and military indications behind the ever strengthening China-Pak ties. On this assumption, China’s reach to Pakistan is pigeonholed by some American military strategists as a muscle-flexing showcase of China’s upsurge in regional and international military clout.

With the unfolding US--S Korea joint military exercises off the Chinese coasts and the rub occurring in the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea, in addition to the suspended bilateral military communications, Sino-U.S. relations are currently on quite a bumpy course, tense mounting but mutual trust descending. The recent media hype about “Kashmir issue” coincides with the circumstances in which the U.S., after its Iraq pullout, is anxious to recalibrate its strategic focus to Asia.

Given this, the U.S. would attempt to take the handle to tame the increasingly “ambitious” China to ensure its smooth “comeback” to the region. For this, it has to collude with India, whose nerves would always be frayed even at the rustle of leaves from China, and whose resentment of China is still simmering.

The U.S. strategic intention hidden behind its intentionally created smoke screen on the Subcontinent is driven home by what Andrew Small, a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, was once cited as saying, “China-Pak relations must involve other strategic and military factors, which would undoubtedly vex the U.S.”

He further pointed what profoundly concerns the U.S. is China’s nuclear deal with Pakistan, which the US. views as a challenge to its predominance over the non-proliferation issue and the Subcontinent.

Earlier, the U.S. also poked its nose into the China-Pak relations by twisting facts about China’s aids to Pakistan’s severe floods, trying to drive a wedge between the tested friends. More absurd, it even went so far as to try to fan up a donation race between China and India. This time, it plays the same old trick, but borrowing the Indian’s hand to meddle in China’s standard practice, and the traditional relations between China and Pakistan.

The US intervention in China’s relations with its neighbors is by no means incidental. Their logic is simple: any potential challenger to Washington in Eurasia should be the target of US global strategy.

China has not wavered from the road of peaceful development and the building of good relationships and partnerships with its neighboring countries, including both Pakistan and India.

But viewed from the geopolitical security, China and the US might as well see each other from a constructive angle, rather than glare at each other and spew fire at each other at almost every turn.

By People's Daily Online

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