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China is providing tacit support to Kashmiri militants: Expert

July 15, 2010

Press Trust of India (PTI)
July 8, 2010

China is providing tacit support to Pakistan in
its jihadi strategy with an aim to pin down half
a million Indian troops in Kashmir, a leading
European security expert has said.

"Beijing has provided direct protection to these
militant groups at the UN Security Council's 1267
committee, blocking efforts against
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (the Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]
front)," Andrew Small, an European expert has said.

Writing in the latest issues of the 'Washington
Quarterly' journal, Small of German Marshall Fund
of the US, said, the Chinese managed to bar
action against JuD, until political pressure on
Pakistan escalated after the LeT involvement in
the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Labelling the Chinese policy as that of
"managaing tensions" in the South Asian region,
the security expert said this was at odds with
the US which was working hard to convince
Pakistan to move away from India-centric military strategy.

Small also said that China had propped up
Pakistan's conventional military capabilities by
providing full spectrum of support to Islamabad's
air and land missiles and "tacit support for the
jihadi strategy that has helped to bind half-a-million troops in Kashmir."

Based in Brussels, Small noted that the Chinese
approach in the case of its Af-Pak policy is
"proving increasingly" unsuccessful.

"As is true of its foreign policy elsewhere,
China pursues a relatively narrow conception of
its interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, rather
than supporting a more widely shared set of goals," he said.

"Security for its workers and major investment
projects has deteriorated the Chinese while the
US role in the region has expanded, much to Beijng's discomfort," Small said.

Thee is a debate starting in China about whether
a strategic reassessment is needed, which has
already resulted in a few tactical shifts on Beijing's part.

But until China is forced to go through a more
fundamental reappraisal of its strategy for
dealing with extremism in the region, prospects
for the US and China to pursue complementary
policies will remain limited," he said.

"The strength of the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) has
also been a concern to China. While initially
sanguine about the Pakistani government's deals
in Swat and Buner, they became increasingly
worried that the writ of the Pakistani state was
running out in a territory that runs dangerously
close to the principal Sino-Pakistani trade route, the KKH," he said.
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