What is CPEC? Gawadar Four Six-lane Expressways from north to south Pakistan, four different routes. All main railway lines being upgraded to 160 kh double. A six to eight lane super expressway Karachi to Gwadar and Hyderabad Innumerable coal, thermal, solar and hydro power plants all across
Pakistan. All of Gwadar, including a international airport! Then Hospitals, schools, colleges, tech institutes, even a Metro line in Lahore!
But why is Jammu and Kashmir involved here?
Now, on the Karakoram highway, this is where it matters most for India. It connects China and Pakistan, though India! Through Jammu and Kashmir, which legally acceded to India in 1947 October. Gilgit Baltistan area of Jammu and Kashmir state, which legally belongs to India, but illegally occupied by Pakistan. Keep in mind, China also occupies illegally the eastern and northern part of Jammu and Kashmir – Shaksgam valley (gifted by Pakistan in 1960s) and Aksai China
(occupied by China in 1950s when it annexed Tibet). The highway passes through Gilgit- Baltistan, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan and China are connected through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK for short).
Pakistan calls this Gilgit-Baltistan area of Jammu and Kashmir, as Northern Territories sometimes.
A high-capacity highway across
Now, though the CPEC is a recent thing, the idea had taken birth long back. The Karakoram highway started building in 1959, opened in 1979! Possibly Pakistan had refused China access to Gwadar then as they could. But now they have no other choice but hand over to China.
Why CPEC? ….OIL:
Gwadar is just 400 km away from Muscat and 500 from the Strait of Hormuz through which all Gulf oil passes. 12 hours at sea! Proximity to Africa: China virtually owns much of Africa today. Billions in investment, buys natural resources. Nothing better
than this. Pakistan as a market: China will flood Pakistan and Gulf with its cheap products and make a windfall there too. Proximity to new friend Sri Lanka.If USA/UK (control Malacca strait – Singapore) or India in Indian ocean decide to choke it, China will have no problem as it has CPEC.
But, all of CPEC and China’s ambitions bearing fruit depends on the Karakoram highway. That depends on PoK continued to be occupied by Pakistan.
With the CPEC, China has sunk close to 50 BILLION Dollars in Pakistan. Of course, China gets free access to all this infrastructure in Pakistan. With this, 20% of Pakistan’s GDP is now Chinese.
China has Pakistan now firmly by the b’s, so much so that Pakistan can now be China’s 24th province. With so much invested and at stake, China wouldn’t even think twice about ruthlessly suppressing any attack on Pakistan, because they own it now.
Doesn’t India know all this? Pakistan is small fry. China is not.
Who would side with India? Mostly nobody. Why? Because China is involved. How international geopolitics work, most don’t get that either. USA wants to support us because China makes it nervous. But US corporations are over invested in China, so Uncle Sam will look the other way. Russia –
Don’t even think about it. Putin has enough troubles at home, and India’s pandering to Obama hasn’t got him amused. Europe will sit just and watch (because China), and all of the Middle East will (clandestinely) support Pakistan for obvious reasons (Islam).
International friendships are always
based on “how can I benefit by allying”, “what terrible can this guy do to me if I don’t ally”.