Is India really concerned about Pak-China ties?

Published: May 12, 2015
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DELHI: This letter is with reference to a story appearing in this newspaper (“Competition intensifies: US seeks to reshape ties as Chinese influence grows”, May 11). The story states: “At a press briefing, US Special Envoy for Energy Amos Hochstein though welcomed the massive flow of Chinese investment, a perception has emerged that Beijing’s deepening partnership with Islamabad including the takeover of the strategic Gwadar Port has disturbed the US and India.”

The writer can have his own perception, but from an Indian perspective, I can say that economic activities in Pakistan do not bother India. The rise of civil society, modernity and democracy in Pakistan is beneficial to India. The rise of religious fundamentalism in Pakistan bothers us as India, too, has such forces. I think such forces on both sides of the border complement each other and both nations should fight them.

Pramod Joshi

Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th,  2015.

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  • Rabia
    May 13, 2015 - 10:39AM

    What a joke! if this ‘brilliant’ observer to have his eyes, mind and brain open as the deepening economic and defence ties China and Russia are pursuing with Pakistan is worrying New Delhi and it is preparing to convey its concerns to Moscow and Beijing through diplomatic channels as Modi is about to pay a visit to China. Recommend

  • Rabia
    May 13, 2015 - 10:43AM

    What a joke! if this ‘brilliant’ observer to have his eyes, mind and brain open as the deepening economic and defence ties China and Russia are pursuing with Pakistan is worrying New Delhi and it is preparing to convey its concerns to Moscow and Beijing through diplomatic channels. Recommend

  • Natalia
    May 13, 2015 - 11:02AM

    This is really an interesting and satirical account too that India is not all affected by the growing strong bond between China and Pakistan. However, India is the very next door neighboring country to these two and aspires from so long to become a regional power. China is emerging its influence with its overgrown neighbors which is a highest point of concern let say if not India, but it travels all the way to USA. In fact, US is using India as a kind of policy of containment against China. Everyone is fully aware of Indian ambition to become a regional power which cannot be achieved in presence of China at least. The above account looks to be come just for the sake of assuring indifference that India is not affected by Pak-China relation. In reality, India is actually finding out ways how to counter this insecurity. Recommend

  • imran
    May 13, 2015 - 1:50PM

    Just a casual look at Indian newspapers and your will see they are deeply worried.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    May 13, 2015 - 9:24PM

    Not long ago Indian leadership was openly identifying China as its enemy No 1. However deepening Pak-China ties have the impact of softening India. India seems happy even to make concessions in the larger scheme of things in return for a diluted Pak-China alliance. But Chinese are intelligent players who would not mind increasing their trade relationship as a welcome development but they would maintain mutually beneficial ties with Pakistan thanks to their heavy investments. Pakistan also remains China’s major buyer of defence equipment and on a long term China sees Pakistan as a natural counterbalance against India. So PM Modi’s China visit will no doubt aim to appease China as much as is possible but Chinese are good at reciprocating in their own way. They are well aware of the ultimate objectives of India-US partnership in the region and with that in view their economical corridor through Pakistan sounds like a brilliant stroke.Recommend

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