Why an imperialistic China must worry in Balochistan

Written by | October 25, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: The Chinese are quick to defend Pakistan each time India raises concerns about terrorism.

Monday’s attack in Quetta is the 38th terrorist strike in 2016. This surely would raise concerns in China which is setting up the ambitious 46 billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project linking its western province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea via Pakistan. China has very often raised concerns about the safety of its workers in Balochistan.

In 2004, there was an attack on Chinese engineers in Gwadar. However following the attack on a Chinese workers in May, the country for the first time raised a major concern. The Chinese official media said that Beijing is concerned over “increasing cost of security” and the “potential setbacks” to the project.

In an article on September 13, state-run Global Times said the project is unlikely to have a “plain sailing”. “China may not want to put too much focus on the region. At the very least, it would be unwise to put all its eggs in one basket,” it said, highlighting for the first time China’s increasing disquiet over the project which also also cast a major shadow over India-China relations.

However activists in Balochistan say that China’s role is imperialistic in Balochistan. The leader of the Balochistan Liberation Front, Dr Allah Nazar says that the Pakistan military is being supported by China to crush the freedom movement in Baloch. There is a huge presence of the Chinese army and hence we consider them to be the occupier, Dr Nazar also says.

China is present in Balochistan with a number of Chinese army personnel which are directly involved in Baloch genocide. It is a threat not only to Baloch but for the entire region as well as India. Now China is demanding new legislation from Pakistan. Pakistan is ready to give it all to China as part of dirty its game, constitutional protection, he further points out.

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