Pakistan and China sign a defence agreement 

Islamabad: – Following a visit to Nepal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wei Fenghe proceeded on a visit to Pakistan. During this meeting, a defence agreement was signed. Both countries have not disclosed the details of the agreement. But reports are being received that Pakistani fighter jets were flying close to the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir, since the last few days. It is being said that there is a Chinese backing for this aggression shown by Pakistan. In these circumstances, the defence agreement, signed by these two Indian neighbours, becomes significant.   

China, after being disenchanted by Indian on all fronts in the Ladakh region, is trying all the possible avenues to pressurise India. China attempted to escalate tensions from the other Indian neighbours like Pakistan and Nepal. But Nepal starting a border dispute with India at the behest of China, made amends for its mistake after the Chinese intrusion into Nepal. Chief of RAW, the Indian intelligence agency and Chief of Army Staff, General MM Naravane, recently visited Nepal. Within the next few days, Indian Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla visited Nepal. Restless with these developments Chinese Defence Minister hurriedly visited Nepal.   

After the Nepal visit, the Chinese Defence Minister visited Pakistan. The issue of bilateral military cooperation was at the centre of discussions between the Chinese Defence Minister and Pakistan army chief General Kamar Jawed Bajwa. It is reported that an agreement was signed between the two countries. Details of the agreement have not been disclosed. But the Pakistani journalists are claiming that this visit of the Chinese Defence Minister is vital from the point of view of the Pakistani security. A few days before this, Pakistani fighter jets were seen hovering near the LOC in Kashmir.   

The Chinese attempt is to make Pakistan confront India and western analysts are claiming that China has expedited these efforts, since the last few months. The western analysts claimed that the Pakistani decision of challenging India, by declaring the Gilgit-Baltistan province as an interim Pakistan province, was taken at China’s behest. China had raised a question, that if Gilgit-Baltistan is a disputed territory and not a Pakistani territory, how could China make investments worth billions of dollars, in this region, under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects? Even Pakistani journalists claimed that therefore, Pakistan government was forced to take this decision to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as an interim province.   

Western analysts are saying that China has made preparations to ignite a conflict between India and Pakistan with this. Pakistan has taken it for granted that India will soon launch an attack. Pakistan is shivering with the thought that India will launch an offensive against Pakistan if there is a terror attack in India. But Pakistan is not willing to give up the thought of perpetrating terrorist activities in India. In this situation, Pakistan is desperate for the Chinese cooperation and Pakistan is claiming that China will definitely help Pakistan against India. China seems to have comforted Pakistan by signing this defence agreement. But India has planned its military strategies, assuming that the alliance between China and Pakistan are a foregone conclusion and the Indian military is reminding both China and Pakistan about this, time and again.   

Indications are that China is trying to pressurise India using every possible avenue, given the preparedness of the Indian defence forces. Therefore, it is evident that the defence agreement signed between China and Pakistan will not be affecting the Indian policies and strategies towards China and Pakistan. 

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