China caught in a corridor of uncertainty [IR]
- Describing the attack as “shocking”, China’s Foreign Ministry expressed “sympathy” for the victims and asked for “relevant parties” to create a favourable environment which will secure CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
- China’s comments amount to Beijing’s admission of deep strategic interest in the Kashmir region.
- China is unable to appreciate India’s concerns about constructing important projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir that is historically part of India.
- Beijing is following a contradictory policy by declaring that the CPEC should be safe while not doing more to stop terror strikes that originate from Pakistan to attack Afghanistan and India.
- By tying up the Uri attack with concern for CPEC, Beijing has shown that its views on terror are shaped by its evolving interests in the South Asian region.
- However, China too has reasons to be worried by terrorism from Pakistan which has spread to the Xinxiang province of China.
- India’s efforts to blacklist terror plotter Masood Azhar at the U.N. for the Pathankot attack could not succeed due to the “technical hold” that China placed on India’s move at the UN. India’s plan to eliminate cross-border terror is unlikely to succeed without China’s support at the UN.