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Pakistan China economic, defence ties to boost after Trump’s outburst


1/6/2018

ISLAMABAD: US President Donald Trump's recent outburst on Pakistan will further boost economic and defence ties between Islamabad and Beijing, including China acquiring a Pakistani military base close to Iran's Chabahar port, an official media report in Beijing said on Friday.

Trump's January 1 Twitter attack against Pakistan where he accused it of providing safe havens to terrorists appears to be helping boost already close ties between Pakistan and China, a report in the state-run Global Times appears from Beijing said. It attributed Islamabad's decision to allow Chinese currency in bilateral trade and financing transactions as China has stepped up its investments in the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
 
An Indian analyst KJM Varma has expressed the view that significantly, the report quoted a Washington Times report that China is in talks with Pakistan to build its second overseas military base as part of a push for greater maritime capabilities along strategic sea routes. The facility could be built at Jiwani, a port near Iran's Chabahar close to the border in the Gulf of Oman, and is located a short distance from Gwadar in Balochistan province which is currently being developed by China to gain entry into the warm waters of the Arabian Sea opposite the Mumbai coast.
 
The Indian analyst is stated to be working closely with infamous Indian terror-cum-spying sponsor outfit ‘RAW’. The so-called analysis has been carried by the RAW wire service ‘Rediff.’ He reminded that Jiwani is located just a stone's throw from Chabahar port being jointly developed by Iran, India and Afghanistan to ensure a trade corridor for Indian exports to Afghanistan.
 
Observers say Jiwani could be a pressure tactic by Pakistan as China is already developing Gwadar where earlier reports said Beijing plans to station its marines. While the official Chinese media said Trump piling pressure on Pakistan may push it closer to Beijing, analysts point to already existing close ties between the two countries.
 
Pakistan's move to allow Chinese currency is not a dramatic policy change, as the yuan is already accepted by many Pakistani companies, said Dong Dengxin, Director of Finance and Securities Institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology. He said the timing may be significant. "This is more of a political statement in response to pressure from the US, telling the US that Pakistan has a great relationship with China and that Pakistan would become even closer with China," Dong told the Global Times.
 
Source: The News