Pakistan-China-India: Three to Tango

While many of the world leaders continue to disregard Pakistan’s evident violation of human rights in Baluchistan, they always seemed extremely quick to criticize India for actually defending the safety of its para military forces from the stone-pelting citizens. After lukewarm reaction of the international community to unprovoked attack at Pulwama by the Pakistan-sponsored non-state terrorists, India had no choice but to carry out its own strikes against the terror camps and infrastructure that were threatening her people.

Unfortunately, some news outlets and politicians have been attempting to create a narrative to lead people to believe that the threats from Pakistan’s leaders are just talk. Pakistan’s leaders, however, continue to demonstrate their intentions not only with verbal threats, but with covert actions as well. Unprovoked firing across the border, arms-drop using UVAs, using proxies, such as LeT, JeM and Hizbul to attack India viciously, is a daily routine. Pakistan appears to have India solidly in its cross-hairs.

Apparently in a rush to provide cover for Pakistan, some world leaders have also, for years, been attempting to tell the public that there is a difference between “moderate” Pakistani politicians and the hardliners. Unfortunately, that distinction is make-believe. Pakistan’s current Prime Minister, Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, like the earlier Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has given an open call for Jihad against India. Pakistani politicians across the political spectrum (hardliners or “moderates”) all agree on one thing: destroy India.

Amending or revoking an article in her constitution, is a sovereign right of India and a completely internal exercise of public choice. The World should value the efforts made by India for cutting back on discriminatory laws and espousing equality. This is of interest not only for India but for the region, too.

Malaysia’s or Turkey’s or China’s relations with India are not rational enough and need to be repaired. Instead of blindly adopting a “Catechism of Unswerving Support” towards Pakistan, they should open the door to cooperation with India. Just like in domestic politics, no one is a permanent foe or a friend in international relations. No one fights wars for others anymore. National-interest shapes bilateral and multi-lateral relations among nations.

China has strategic interest and investments in Pakistan but China has bigger economic interests in India in terms of markets. Being aware of Pakistan’s “India Doctrine,” China would keep Pakistan in good humour as a potential ally and a power base in managing India-China relations. It is unlikely however that China would pick up any serious battles with India just to appease Pakistan.

The official Chinese media is saying that the 2nd informal summit of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s with Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved beyond the historical and present differences to forge a cooperative partnership. That would be the right direction to pursue for both the sides.

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Mukul Gupta

*Educator, researcher, author and a friendly contrarian* Professor@MDIGurgaon

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