China’s recent decision to provide Pakistan with the military version of Beidou, its hi-tech ballistic missile tracking and monitoring system, has once again certified a well known strategic view that Beijing uses Islamabad as the first choice exporting nation for testing its weaponry under supervision.
According to an opinion piece published in the www.strategypage.com web site, China and Pakistan have little in common historically or culturally and Beijing sees Islamabad more as a “client state…dependent enough on Chinese goodwill to provide security.”
The opinion piece in the web site says, “Pakistan needs China and never the other way around. After all, democratic Pakistan is run by its military and intelligence services, which use Islamic terrorists to attack its neighbors. China has employed such tactics in the past, but has since moved on to more sophisticated methods.”
It further goes on to say that China is okay Pakistan’s military backing its homegrown and dangerous Islamic terror groups so long as Beijing’s huge investments and Chinese personnel in Pakistan are not affected by their brand of coercive violence.
“The military lets their pet Islamic terrorists understand that this risk (of Islamic terrorism) is well understood by the generals and that any “protected” Islamic terror group that decides to forget that will be eliminated and the survivors constantly hunted,” says the article.
“…China (has) told the Pakistanis that any Islamic terrorist violence against these projects or the Chinese personnel in Pakistan to ensure everything was built on time and according to spec would result in Pakistan losing the support of China. Pakistan could not afford that.