China has deployed a contingent of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to the Thar region of Sindh province in Pakistan which is about 90 kilometres away from Pakistan’s international border with India.
Indian military personnel had noticed the movement of Chinese troops close to the border, leading Russian media outlet Sputnik reported.
“The move was reportedly prompted by the perceived threats to coal mine projects in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor which have been facing stiff resistance from locals in Pakistan. China is reportedly unhappy over the Pakistani Army’s alleged inability to ensure the safety of the project despite repeated assurances,” Sputnik reported.
ET had first reported that China, worried over safety of CPEC, is likely to veto proposal to ban Masood Azhar by UNSC.
“The multi-billion dollar CPEC is a collection of infrastructure projects that are currently under construction throughout Pakistan. Originally valued at 46 billion dollars, the actual cost of the projects has now crossed 62 billion dollars. Pakistan has deployed around 17,000 soldiers to protect the 3000-kilometre-long corridor. Moreover, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during a visit to China last year had sought to assure Beijing that optimum security would be provided to the project. However, dissatisfied over Pakistan’s inability to deal with protests by locals, China decided to take the matter on its own hands,” the Sputnik reported.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through PoK violating India’s sovereignty has changed equation in the subcontinent, increasing Beijing’s stakes in Pakistan more than ever before and compelling the Chinese leadership to overlook Islamabad’s use of terror as state policy.