Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | File image& |  Photo Credit: AP
- China continues its buildup in Tibet, in terms of infrastructure, it is very noticeable
- Aggressive patrolling by the People’s Liberation Army of China continues in Ladakh area
- The Chinese, who have a different view of where the Line of Actual Control is, entered Depsang seven times in a week-long spell, twice on July 17 and 23
Cooperation between China and Pakistan is alive and well. Here are a few examples from intelligence reports:
1. The air forces of China and Pakistan recently participated in a joint exercise – Shaheen 8 – in Jiuquan in the Gansu province of China recently. This was a large exercise with the PAF moving 18 fighters – the F7, the Mirage, the advanced JF-17 jointly developed by the two countries and an airborne warning aircraft. Just before the exercise, two Pakistani Mirage fighters and two transport planes were seen in Sinkiang, presumably on the way there.
2. China is supplying Pakistan with 300 tanks. Pakistan will get the Chinese VT-4, manufactured by Norinco or North Industries Corporation. They will be manufactured in Pakistan after obtaining a transfer of technology. The Pakistan Army had evaluated four tanks: the Turkish Altay, the Russian T-90, which India has, the South Korean K2 and the VT-4. It has chosen the Chinese tank, also, presumably because it was easily available. The financial terms are expected to be easier.
3. Chinese development activities are continuing in not just Pakistan, but Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Sinohydro Corporation has expressed its keenness to develop the 100mw Kotli hydel project in PoK. A five-member Sinohydro team is looking at three projects in Muzaffarabad, in PoK. They are near the Saheli Sarkar bridge, the Iqbal bridge and the Chela Bandi bridge.
4. China continues its buildup in Tibet, in terms of infrastructure, it is very noticeable. In Gonggar, the dual-use airport, about 195 km northwest of the Line of Actual Control, it is building a new airstrip, close to the existing one. The additional runway means enhanced capacity. The land has been claimed and the first spurts of construction have begun.
5. Aggressive patrolling by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China continues. There have been a lot of transgressions in the Ladakh area in July, particularly in the Depsang area. The Chinese, who have a different view of where the Line of Actual Control is, entered Depsang seven times in a week-long spell, twice on July 17 and 23. Other areas like Thakung and Trig heights have seen aggressive patrolling.