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AUGUST 2022

China Frustrated With Pakistan As Terrorism Threatens To Delay CPEC’s Second Phase

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China Frustrated With Pakistan As Terrorism Threatens To Delay CPEC’s Second Phase

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Terrorism continues to plague Pakistan and its economy.

Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst

Despite only one Pakistani athlete participating in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, Prime Minister Imran Khan, with an entourage of six ministers, arrived in the Chinese capital just as a series of terror attacks ripped through Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, key provinces in the $60+ billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Following Khan’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he tweeted that they agreed “to fast track the second phase of CPEC,” which would focus on agriculture and industrialisation. However, endless terrorist attacks are reigniting Beijing’s frustrations with Islamabad and threatens to delay the roll out of CPEC’s second phase.

Construction for CPEC projects began in 2013 with the intended aim of rapidly upgrading Pakistan’s infrastructure and strengthening its economy with a modern transportation network, new energy projects and special economic zones. The economic corridor became partly operational on November 13 2016 when Chinese cargo was transported overland to Gwadar Port in Balochistan for onward maritime shipment to Africa and West Asia, thus skipping China’s need to use its eastern ports.

Since construction for CPEC projects began, endless terrorist attacks have plagued rapid progress. Such attacks since the beginning of 2022 alone have claimed the lives of 50 soldiers and civilians, as well as one Chinese worker. In this context, it is recalled that in July 2021, ten Chinese nationals were killed in a bomb blast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that Pakistani authorities tried to pass off as a vehicle accident.

This was the most serious in a series of attacks that has targeted Chinese workers and caused huge strains in Beijing-Islamabad relations, especially as the latter attempted to deny terrorists were responsible for the deaths. China also became enraged when Pakistan attempted to dodge compensation payments for victims and their families.

Following these endless attacks, security has become Beijing’s top concern regarding its projects in Pakistan. In fact, security issues dominated discussions at the 10th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting for CPEC projects in September 2021.

Chinese workers, who form the bulk of CPEC’s labour force (and not locals), are becoming less willing to work in Pakistan, particularly in areas with Pashtun and Baloch insurgents. These insurgents are in regions that are key to CPEC but whose local population are not receiving any of the benefits of the $62 billion project.

A former President of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), speaking on condition of anonymity to Dawn newspaper, shared his anxieties over the resurgence of increasingly lethal “nationalist” outfits in Balochistan who see CPEC as exploitative as it brings no benefits to local communities.

Beijing is becoming increasingly frustrated that Pakistan is failing to curb terrorism. It must be noted that although the Baloch’s are struggling for a national independence movement, many of the terrorists responsible for attacks, particularly among the Pashtun, are groups with deep links and ties with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and have a Salafi ideology.

In effect, many of the attackers are part of the jihadist contingents funded and armed by the ISI to serve Pakistan’s interests against India in Jammu and Kashmir, but can sometimes operate rogue at the local level.

In addition to homegrown and self-funded terrorists, Pakistan also has to contend with the Uighurs Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), as well as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda groups. Islamabad’s failure, or refusal, to deal with such terrorist groups is making Beijing uneasy as it begins questioning whether it should continue pouring billions of dollars into the country.

Since the 2015 fiscal year, China has been Pakistan’s biggest trading partner. Despite Pakistan’s economy already in terminal decline and for now being saved from complete International Monetary Fund control only because of China, the Dawn found that although government officials and heads of chambers of commerce and industry spoke highly of Chinese investments, sectors of the private economy, many who chose to speak on the condition of anonymity, provided caution and criticism to the Sinification of the Pakistani economy.

A senior corporate lawyer, who had voted for Imran Khan’s party in the last elections, told the Dawn: “We have never been proficient in handling commercial affairs with our partners, but the ruling party has breached all records […] We can deal with American hostility as we know what to expect. China is a different ball game. We only know it as a friend. I sincerely hope that we are not exposed to what it means otherwise.”

More importantly than worrying about the Sinification of the economy, and despite Khan confidently announcing that the second phase roll out of CPEC would be “fast tracked”, China could be having second-thoughts again on making significant investments in Pakistan at a time when no other country is interested.

Husain Haqqani, the South Asia director at the Hudson Institute, told DW that “No investor, including China, wants to deal with constant violence or a long-running insurgency.”

Although the endless terrorist attacks will not expel the Chinese from Pakistan, larger commercial investments in the presence of an endless insurgency will not be possible. In this way, Pakistan’s refusal to end support for the jihadist groups they do help, whilst being unable to deal with the terrorists groups outside of their orbit, can have long-term impacts on the roll out of CPEC.

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Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Yes, China should stop investments there and we will see that Pakistan will be worse than Syria.

Ahson

I don’t believe China cares to be honest. The Chinese knew this cpec is a fraud. And so did the Pakistanis too no? They willingly got in debt to China and are being exploited now. Cpec was designed to bankrupt and suck out all the capital and lifeblood from poor countries. Proof of the pudding is that if yous don’t got an economy to begin with, why da fuk would somebody be willing to loan you money? Pakistani debt is over $300 billion and the country has been enslaved by both the IMF/ WB and now by China too.

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S Balu

Ahson Indian Dalit boy neither you are Honest as you are pretending to be an Iranian Track record shows that USA/Britain/France have bankrupted more countries And destroying them IMF/World Bank etc are part of them please study the cases of Mexico,Argentina,Brazil,Indonesia etc before you talk of China etc But at the end you are a paid Indian troll who employed to demonize China,Pakistan etc etc

Ahson

No, but you are mistaken. First I’m not Indian and second, this CPEC is a miserable fail no? Don’t try to deny the reality. You are one step from defaulting on your loan obligations. The wahabbi have turned their back on you along with them bankrupt Turks too no? and the GCC wahabbi are totally coddling the hendu no?……lol. You see what’s goin on?

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S Balu

Ahson Please do not lie you are an Indian Dalit boy paid to demonize China Pakistan,Turkey etc eh now be honest once your life

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

China destroys the Uyghurs. lol

S Balu

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead Historical FACT USA WAS FOUNDED ON GENOCIDE OF NATIVE POPULATION JUST IN LAST TWENTY FIVE YEARS USA,BRITAIN,FRANCE NATO HAVE KILLED MILLIONS AND DESTROYED IRAQ,LIBYA,SYRIA,SOMALIA,AFGHANISTAN RIGHT AT THIS MINUTE BRITAIN,USA,FRANCE ARE INVOLVED IN KILLING ETHOPIANS,MALIAN,NIGERIANS,SAHEL POPULATION ETC NOW YOU HAVING TURKISH DNA BUT PRETENDING TO BE A GREEK WHAT HAVE YOU TO SAY

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Americans only genocided the natives. Not the British or the French.

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Iraq was invaded by the Arabs, the Kurds, the Turks and the Iranians also. Syria was hated by Turks and Arabs and to an extent Iraqis also. Libya was hated by Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Tunisia. Somalia was disliked by Ethiopians, Eritreans and Arabs also.

Ahson

Nobody is paid diddly. You are in denial of your country’s failed state no? It’s unlivable now. Ain’t that the truth? Everyone knows it.

S Balu

Ahson Analysis of your writing style,words used ,sentences used CLEARLY SHOWS YOU BEING INDIAN ORIGIN WORD DIDDLY IS TYPICAL WORD USED BY INDIAN BABAUS WHO PROFESSORS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY THEN SENTENCE FAILED STATE IS TYPICAL OF INDIAN MEDIA ETC I can go on on NOW PLEASE BE GOOD INDIAN DALIT BOY. AND BE PROUD OF YOUR DNA AND HERITAGE

S Balu

Ahson The way you write and express shows clearly that you are an Indian Dalit boy otherwise PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT

Ahson

What if we say the way you’s write is like a Pakistani dalit? Then what?

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S Balu

Ahson Absolutely but you now agree that you are an Indian Dalit boy and paid troll pretending to be an Iranian Correct?

Ahson

No, you are wrong as usual. Nobody gives a shit what you write or think. Not on this planet. Yous a nobody. Get real. Stick to the topic…..no need to get personal.

S Balu

Ahson So you do not to deny that you are Indian Dalit boy eh As you do not want prove that you are not

Ahson

No, stick to the topic. Don’t try to deflect. Own up to the facts no? Hiding from the facts ain’t goin change shit. Your country is a failed state. We are discussing that, not mine or yours heritage or lineage.

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

For once, you are correct here.

S Balu

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead You can do f all just cry DESPITE OF ALL OBSTACLES CPEC WILL MOVE FORWARD SAD YOU A INDIAN TROLL WHO WOULD SAY ANYTHING TO DEMONIZE PAKISTAN

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Greece for the win!

S Balu

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead You mean Greeks will win the Musaka competition?

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

And bring back the Seleucids maybe?

Anti Comunism

The real face of Islam. An evil so called religion. Satanic religion.

Ahson

China’s just exploiting them for what they are. A hapless bunch of directionless slaves. It’s a sad event this entire BRI/ OBOR drama/ scam. Have you noticed nobody even talks about it anymore? Had these Pakistani not done diddly, I bet you’s a dollar they’d a been better off today. What’s happened here is the same thing as the subprime crises…….selling a dream to a gullible serf, at exorbitant interest rates when we all knew the mofo ain’t cut out for it. Now China owns them! Now, they got the house, the years of inflated monthly mortgage payments not to mention the fukking 20% deposit too!…..you got it?

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S Balu

Ahson Indian Dalit boy wearing smelly brown stained dhoti it seems you are letting of hot air from your backside as your comment has no foundation nor making sense

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Turks are sitting on land that it is Greek, Georgian, Armenian and Syrian.

Iranians are mostly on the correct land but the real Iranians are the Kurds and the Ahwazis. Ahwazis are the Elamite Arabs. Farsis are kind of Mongol and they use radical Islam now.

Pakis are nothing more than Punjabi Muslims who oppress Pashtuns and Balochs, Balochs are oppressed by Iran also.

S Balu

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead Greece is a part of Turkey better be prepared for Turks to take it over Mind you then you can be safe to say you have Turkish DNA

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Again the same thing.

Ahson

You keep deflecting out of fear? Why is that?

Yuri

you have one god—money

S Balu

Anti Communism You mean real face of zionist in occupied Palestine,the west etc They are the real statanic people fraudulent to the core like the Author who virulently anti Muslim

Hindu

Your prophet r@ped aisha dirty smelly mu$lim rat. Muslims are getting killed everyday like rats in all Muslim countries 🤣🤣🤣

S Balu

Hindu Absolutely how did you know were you there or You dreamt of this whilst defecating in the streets of Bombay

Ahson

This topic has nothing to do with communism mr Balu. Nor does it have anything to do with the Zionists or even India. You in Pakistan are where you find yourself today due to the corruption in your society. Your own have betrayed you no? All terrorists caught and killed are Pakistani citizens no? who yous kidding?

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S Balu

Ahson Indian Dalit boy we are talking about China BRI and CPEC It seems to me you are so hyped up that you cannot direct your comment Towards right that shows you cannot think logically and to the point This is typical of Indians like you Lastly these GCC despots are placed by zio Christian west and will exactly what the master says In a way I happy that with this wonderful investment few toilets in India will be built for street defectors like you

Ahson

Wes ain’t discussing India. The writer is quite clear on the terrorism issue in your country no? Mismanagement, corruption and bankruptcy and China taking you for a ride. Denial won’t get you outta this bind.

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

That’s correct here, the governments of Ankara, Riyadh, Tehran and Islamabad are using terrorism for their own ends. Also, we had the governments in Doha and Khartoum also doing the same. The governments of Damascus, Tripoli and Baghdad mostly used communist groups to do damage. The previous governments have used jihadists.

Ahson

We were discussing the failure of the CPEC project in Pakistan here. Look at the title of this topic.

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Ok that’s fine. But this is truth actually.

Ahson

Stick to the topic.

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Palestine is Jewish land.

S Balu

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead Absolutely once you get CERTIFIED THAT YOUR BACKSIDE IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAN OK IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THIS BY THE WAY WE ARE DISCUSSING CHINA,CPEC ,PAKISTAN ETC BUT IT SEEMS TO ME zionist ANTS ARE IN YOUR PANTS TO MAKE THIS COMMENT

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Punjabi ants are angry though

Ahson

Theys fucked these pakistani. Same as them turks. Both totally bankrupt!

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

Yes

Reactionary Monarcho-Socialist Metalhead

I disagree here

Cherry Chugga

Everyone is frustrated by Pakistan government’s attitude towards terrorists. Unfortunately the alliances and channels the CIA created to arm the Taliban to fight the USSR through the ISI seem to be still in place and there is a very slack attitude towards combating terrorism, to put it mildly. I wonder if the beliefs of the Taliban and other extremist groups are actually that different from those of the people in the border regions of Pakistan and even some in positions of power and influence. Pakistan refuse to get their house in order and enter the 21st Century.

Ahson

The US is covertly running the show. Pakistan is bankrupt and has no say here.

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