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Pakistan relying less and less on US, turning to China, Saudi Arabia & UAE

Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst, currently specializing in immigration, refugee and humanitarian law.

Published time: 1 Feb, 2019 13:58


FILE PHOTO: The closing ceremony of the Pakistan Navy’s Multinational Exercise AMAN-17, in the North Arabian Sea, Pakistan, February 14, 2017 © Reuters /Akhtar Soomro

Pakistan is making important strides in its military and naval capacities with the help of China, relying less on US-made weaponry. Despite accepting money from all sides, Pakistan’s relationship with China continues to be strong.
After the Trump administration decided to suspend $3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan, complaining that Islamabad fails to do enough to combat terrorism, Washington has risked pushing Pakistan into the open arms of a number of other notable nations.

China-Pakistan relationship continues to strengthen
China has been a key ally for Pakistan in recent times and is almost certainly the reason why the US has taken a sharp turn in its approach to dealing with the country. (Considering that the Bush administration was caughtred-handed funding Pakistani terrorist groups, Washington’s recent disdain for Islamabad makes little sense in the context of wider US imperialism).

Now, China is assisting Pakistan’s Navy to expand rapidly, with the completion and delivery of four advanced warships currently under construction in Shanghai. According to the Diplomat, Pakistan’s Chinese-made naval vessels will arrive through a bilateral arms agreement by 2021. Worth over $348 million, these frigates have the capacity to act as anti-ship and anti-submarine operations, as well as for air defense.

Reports seem to indicate that these ships are to be stationed for defense and security in and around the Gwadar port. This is the same port that many media outlets accused China of attempting to hijack and transform into its own naval base. Perhaps the media sounding the alarm over these reports have helped convince China to try a subtler strategy of creating a naval presence around this strategic area, but either way, the move to acquire Chinese naval ships is sure to irk the United States irrespective of the end result, as some experts are predicting that this will lead to regular Sino-Pakistani patrols across the region.

That being said, this is also the same port in which Saudi Arabia is planning to establish a $10 billion oil refinery, according to the Saudi Energy Ministry, setting Saudi Arabia up as a key partner in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Pakistan turning down American arms
Unfortunately for Washington, Pakistani purchases of US-made military equipment have begun to fall. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute appears to show that US weapons exports to Pakistan dropped from $21 million in 2017, from a whopping $1 billion just seven years prior. Altogether, since the September 11 attacks, the US has provided over $22 billion in overt security aid to Pakistan and another $10 billion in economic aid, according to a July 2018 report conducted by consultant firm Avascent.

However, despite these initial findings, this same report found that Pakistan was increasingly turning to Beijing for its defense equipment and leaving Washington out in the sand. In total, Pakistan has signed billions of dollars’ worth of contracts for fighter aircraft, submarines and warships from China. The report estimated that over the next decade, Beijing will become the single most important arms supplier for the Pakistani military, but maintains options to obtain arms from Turkey and Russia as well. Turkey, for its part, will upgrade two of Pakistan’s Agosta 90B-class submarines, will provide four MILGEM corvettes to the Pakistani Navy, and already provided a navy fleet tanker in 2016.

Pakistan is also reportedly the largest importer of the F-7PG aircraft from China, with more than 50 F-7PG fighters in the Pakistan Air Force (one of these planes just recently crashed in Western Pakistan, killing the pilot).

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
In actuality, China and Pakistan are developing their relationship in more ways than at first meets the eye. It is one thing to spend millions of dollars attempting to beef up a nation’s navy, but it is something else entirely when two nations become attached on a much deeper level, particularly when it involves the citizens of those countries. Just this week, the government of Pakistan announced a new visa regime between Pakistan and China, tourism being an area of Pakistan’s economy that China has already been contributing heavily. Reportedly, millions of young Pakistanis are also foregoing English and learning Mandarin instead in order to obtain jobs and degrees. If we fast-forward a few decades down the line, I venture to bet that Western influence in Pakistan will be almost completely invisible.

Pakistani President Arif Alvi also just hailed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), vowing that the scheme will bring economic prosperity to the two countries. The CPEC is essentially a combination of infrastructure projects in Pakistan funded by Chinese loans which are worth at least $62 billion. As explained above, Saudi Arabia is not sitting idly by watching this project develop (not surprising, when one understands why).

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CPEC, combined with China’s New Silk Road Project, has top US lawmakers and intelligence personnelincreasingly “concerned.” One senator stated that he was “concerned about data access China may control through digital infrastructure projects in countries around the world. What is the IC’s assessment of potential dual-use aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and what threats do they pose to US interests?

US allies and partners “seeking greater independence from Washington”
A report compiled by Daniel R. Coats, the director of national intelligence, entitledWorldwide threat assessment of the US intelligence community” identifies Pakistan as a nation that contributes to the risks of escalation dynamics and security in the region. More noticeable, however, is that while Pakistan appears in the document a handful of times, China is mentioned at least 85 times right throughout the report.

We assess that China’s leaders will try to extend the country’s global economic, political, and military reach while using China’s military capabilities and overseas infrastructure and energy investments under the Belt and Road Initiative to diminish US influence,” the report states. “China has built its first overseas military facility in Djibouti and probably is exploring bases, support facilities, or access agreements in Africa, Europe, Oceania, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.”

Most curious is the foreword of the report which, after outlining all the threats Russia and China pose to the United States in all the different ways, states that “[a]t the same time, some US allies and partners are seeking greater independence from Washington in response to perceptions of changing US policies on security and trade and are becoming more open to new bilateral and multilateral partnerships.”

Let’s do the math. As already stated, the US has deprived Pakistan of $3 billion in security assistance. Not too long ago, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) UAE deposited $3 billion into the State Bank of Pakistan to support its economic growth. Saudi Arabia made a similar promise, agreeing to provide Islamabad with a one-year deferred payment facility for importation of oil worth up to $3 billion.

At around the same time, Emirati media announced that the UAE and Pakistan were accelerating defense cooperation after the federal minister for defense production in Pakistan, Zubaida Jalal, received Major General Staff Pilot Ishaq Saleh Al-Balushi, head of the executive directorate of industries and development of defense capabilities at the UAE Ministry of Defense in Islamabad.

Pakistan is also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia on a framework for $10 billion in Saudi investments. While some media will present Pakistan’s willingness to work with Saudi Arabia as an issue which will rattle and unnerve China, the available evidence appears to show that Sino-Pakistan relations are continuing unabated.

The question of Pakistan’s nukes
Last Thursday, the Pakistani Army Strategic Forces Command conducted a successful test flight of the Nasr close-range ballistic missile, which is nuclear-capable and can reach a specification of 70km.

The target of the ballistic test may surprise you. According to the Pakistani Army statement, the Nasr “augmented Full Spectrum Deterrence posture remaining within the precincts of policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence, against prevailing and evolving threat spectrum more effectively including enemy’s ballistic missile defense and other Air Defence Systems.”

The “enemy” referred to in this statement appears to be a blatant reference to Trump’s recent 2019 Missile Defense Review, which admitted that the US had “discussed potential missile defense cooperation with India” in light of the fact that “a number of states in South Asia are developing an advanced and diverse range of ballistic and cruise missile capabilities.”

Currently, Pakistan has ballistic missiles with ranges that can hit anywhere inside India. It has also built nuclear-tipped cruise missiles that can travel up to 400 miles. Not surprisingly, it was the US that gave the green light to Pakistan to modify its F-16 fighters to be capable of dropping nuclear weapons.

Conclusion
Pakistan’s economic woes put the nation in an incredibly compromising position. Knowing that it can no longer rely on Washington for support, it has to turn to as many partners as it can to keep its economy afloat. While China may not be thrilled by Saudi Arabia’s attempt to wade in on its project at the Gwadar port, it does appear that Pakistan’s geopolitical significance, particularly in relation to China, will entail Beijing continuing to prioritize its relationship with Pakistan. This includes, if necessary, militarizing its available bases in the region through the supply of its Chinese-made naval vessels.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/450332-pakistan-china-saudi-us/
 

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China was always there when we are in trouble. China never did back stab and always shows that we can trust them
 

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It's from RT news. A lot of Russian reporting on Pakistan recetnly, Russia is watching Pakistan's every move closely to see if she can become a potential future key ally as a counterweight to US.
 

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It's from RT news. A lot of Russian reporting on Pakistan recetnly, Russia is watching Pakistan's every move closely to see if she can become a potential future key ally as a counterweight to US.
True. Russia seems to be cultivating Pakistan. Pakistan has proved to be a useful tool for other countries line USA China since its inception. Only difference is that China and Russia expect payment for the arms supplied while USA was providing them as aid.
 

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True. Russia seems to be cultivating Pakistan. Pakistan has proved to be a useful tool for other countries line USA China since its inception. Only difference is that China and Russia expect payment for the arms supplied while USA was providing them as aid.
Pakistan has gotten free f6s from china but not a single free f16 from usa
 

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True. Russia seems to be cultivating Pakistan. Pakistan has proved to be a useful tool for other countries line USA China since its inception. Only difference is that China and Russia expect payment for the arms supplied while USA was providing them as aid.
The only difference is US brings wars, chaos and millions of refugees to Pakistan for its proxy wars so US doesn't have to spill their own blood or put in could be enomous military rescources while China mostly invests in the country's civil factors with the hope of the country's better economy and business enviornment, CPEC reflects China's economic development orientation in nuturing close relations with Pakistan, but every time when US tries to get close to Pakistan, there must be so wars or chaos coming with it.
 

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It's from RT news. A lot of Russian reporting on Pakistan recetnly, Russia is watching Pakistan's every move closely to see if she can become a potential future key ally as a counterweight to US.
US has a lot to to give free to pakistan , china is exploiting a poor country ,russia has nothing to offer free to pakistan .

The only difference is US brings wars, chaos and millions of refugees to Pakistan for its proxy wars so US doesn't have to spill their own blood or put in could be enomous military rescources while China mostly invests in the country's civil factors with the hope of the country's better economy and business enviornment, CPEC reflects China's economic development orientation in nuturing close relations with Pakistan, but every time when US tries to get close to Pakistan, there must be so wars or chaos coming with it.
don't call them refugee , they are all part of muslim ummah , moreover afghans fought for security of pakistan from russia .
 

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get it honestly not by stealing .
OK, US can claim anything, like they claimed that Iraqu possesses WMD and started a war under that pretext, US lost their competitivessness because of themselve, it won't bring any results by blaming others.

Inflammatory accusations won't help US the slightest.
 

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OK, US can claim anything, like they claimed that Iraqu possesses WMD and started a war under that pretext, US lost their competitivessness because of themselve, it won't bring any results by blaming others.

Inflammatory accusations won't help US the slightest.
old story ,
iraq was begining to become headache for the middle east , better it was tamed.
 

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Pakistan has gotten free f6s from china but not a single free f16 from usa
"Aid from the United States since 9/11.
Pakistan is a major non-NATO ally as part of the War on Terrorism, and a leading recipient of U.S. aid.[49]Between 2002–2013, Pakistan received $25 billion in economic and military aid and sales of military equipment. The equipment included eighteen new F-16 aircraft, eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, 6,000 TOW anti-tank missiles, 500 AMRAM air-to-air missiles, 6 C-130 transport aircraft, 20 Cobra attack helicopters, and a Perry-class missile frigate. About half of the aid package was disbursed during the Bush administration and other half during the Obama administration. "

Someone is lying
 

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"Aid from the United States since 9/11.
Pakistan is a major non-NATO ally as part of the War on Terrorism, and a leading recipient of U.S. aid.[49]Between 2002–2013, Pakistan received $25 billion in economic and military aid and sales of military equipment. The equipment included eighteen new F-16 aircraft, eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, 6,000 TOW anti-tank missiles, 500 AMRAM air-to-air missiles, 6 C-130 transport aircraft, 20 Cobra attack helicopters, and a Perry-class missile frigate. About half of the aid package was disbursed during the Bush administration and other half during the Obama administration. "

Someone is lying
as i said no f16 were provided by US funds..this can easily be searched on google and this forum..i cant inform every tom dick harry about it again and again

P3C orion, C130, 14 f16s were EDA (excessive def equipment from boneyard) stock but were refurbished from Pakistani money. only portion of upgrade for older f16 were paid by USA to help coalition troops for precision strikes in other side of the boarder

the 18 billion aid dispersed was under CSF/which means that pakistan will deploy troops to support NATO and PART OF COST of deployment will be paid by USA..

pakista probably spent 3x the money it was given on operation..US was not doing us favour neither it does favour by providing logistics/cost to it other NATO allies in the region like UK, turkey..

the aid amounted to around 5-6 billion under USAID and Kerry loger bill but far more infrastructure use and damage has been done via using pakistani roads free of cost for heavy equipment mobility..which was given free of cost..


Pakistan definitively got cheaper USED weapons but nothing was "free of cost"

all of this is public information
 

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as i said no f16 were provided by US funds..this can easily be searched on google and this forum..i cant inform every tom dick harry about it again and again

P3C orion, C130, 14 f16s were EDA (excessive def equipment from boneyard) stock but were refurbished from Pakistani money. only portion of upgrade for older f16 were paid by USA to help coalition troops for precision strikes in other side of the boarder

the 18 billion aid dispersed was under CSF/which means that pakistan will deploy troops to support NATO and PART OF COST of deployment will be paid by USA..

pakista probably spent 3x the money it was given on operation..US was not doing us favour neither it does favour by providing logistics/cost to it other NATO allies in the region like UK, turkey..

the aid amounted to around 5-6 billion under USAID and Kerry loger bill but far more infrastructure use and damage has been done via using pakistani roads free of cost for heavy equipment mobility..which was given free of cost..


Pakistan definitively got cheaper USED weapons but nothing was "free of cost"

all of this is public information
Well if you are convinced, I am happy for you.
 

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