Chinese Troops in Pakistan – Defensive or Offensive Move for Pakistan?

Posted on March 6, 2011

The latest news from the site, Pakistankakhudahafiz is that Chinese troops are in northern Pakistan and many in the region see it as portending a war between China and the US.   Clearly China has made significant arms sales to Pakistan.  But would it be willing to directly intercede in the region?  It aims to stunt India’s economic growth but will this be the way?

China has been deploying thousands of soldiers in the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area in northern Pakistan, and a region historically contested by Pakistan, India and its inhabitants.

Although cooperation between Pakistan and China is not new — it was China in the 1970s that supported Pakistan’s attempts to acquire its nuclear capability — the deployment of Chinese troops in Pakistan, however, indicates a worrying alliance for the US. The US would do well to monitor these developments before a catastrophic scenario, especially for its troops, takes place.

The presence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [PLA] in the contested Gilgit-Baltistan region, where a nascent revolt against the Pakistani rule is taking place, constitutes the direct involvement of Beijing in the dispute over Kashmir, making any future understanding between Pakistan and India more difficult, and can only arouse a new and serious rift between New Delhi and Beijing. [read rest of article at Pakistankakhudahafiz ]

The above may be part of the reason India this past week reached out to Pakistan to renew talks.