This wasn’t an ordinary summit. This came at the heels of Indian General’s irrational statement about a joint war with China and India. Analyst would give an arm and a leg to be fly on the wall listening to what the Pakistani and Chinese Generals were discussion. Its not hard to guess. Sanity says that the following subjects must have come up.
It is pedagogical to note that the Chinese did not respond to General Kapoors statements. They did however repond in typical Chinese low key fasion—with a Pakistani Chinese military summit.
Silence is Golden!
1) General Kapoor and his Cold War insanity–and its counter-measures which places the onus on Tactical Nuclear weapons.
2) The regional situation, Afghanistan and Yemen must have come up for discussion.
3) The enhancement of military cooperation would surely have taken the talks to aircraft cooperation beyond the J-10s and J-11–towards J-14s.
4) Gwader and Central Asia and the road network would have come up at the strategic level.
5) They must have discussed the cooperation beyond the JF-17 Thunders, P-22 frigates and the Nuclear plans.
Beyond conjecture, The Nation sheds some light on what actually happened.
Islamabad – The 7th round of Pak-China Defence and Security Talks has concluded with emphasis on cementing bilateral military cooperation through mutually beneficial collaboration in operational, training, intelligence, logistics and defence industrial fields including indigenisation projects and joint ventures.
TheNation has learnt from the military sources on Sunday that the both sides during daylong discussions held at Joint Staff Headquarters, Chaklala shared perspectives on the fast evolving regional security situation for developing common insight into the emerging scenarios and coordinating common responses.
Sources said that the discussion focused at the impact of changing global security dynamics, progress in the efforts against terrorism and violent extremism, revised US strategy for Afghanistan, intra-regional disputes and posturing of involved states, and the tenuous spectre of strategic stability in the region.
The discussion also focused on ETIM terrorism related threat and measures for security of the Chinese manpower working in Pakistan.
The two sides also undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral military cooperation and the progress of various ongoing defence projects, making specific proposals for mutually beneficial future collaboration in operational, training, intelligence, logistics and defence industrial fields including indigenisation projects and joint ventures.
The visiting Deputy Chief of General Staff of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), General Ma Xiaotian led the eight-member Chinese delegation, while Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Tariq Majid led the Pakistani team.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman JCSC, General Tariq Majid extended felicitation on 60th Anniversary of China and lauded a spectacular economic progress and technological modernisation to rise as a reckonable power in the global politics and global economy, playing a crucial stabilisation role in many regions of the world.
He termed time tested multidimensional Pakistan-China strategic partnership as the bedrock of stability in the region and said, “As the world grows more complex and regional situation more challenging, it has become even more critical to add greater depth and dynamism to this relationship”.
Reiterating China’s solidarity and continuing support for Pakistan in meeting the challenges General Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chief of General Staff, PLA appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and violent extremism and stated, “We acknowledge the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan, its people and the Armed Forces in combating terrorism, for which Pakistan deserves the praise and gratitude of the entire world, indeed the mankind”.
Later in the evening, a banquet was hosted by General Tariq Majid in the honour of General Ma Xiaotian and his delegation which was also attended by senior Pakistani military officers from the three services and officials from the Ministries of Defence and Defence Production.
Dawn reports that both the Generals discussed General Kapoor’s bellicose statement.
An official told Dawn that this time the dialogue had a greater significance because it took place against the backdrop of a statement made by Indian army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor about moving from a cold start doctrine to a proactive strategy of simultaneously waging a war against Pakistan and China.
He said both sides had taken the remarks seriously and vowed to frustrate attempts to jeopardise regional security.
In view of the American moves into Yemen, Oman and Kenya, Pakistan becomes all the more important for China. Islamabad is under tremendous pressure to give Gwader to the Americans. Pakistan has resisted. The Israelis and the Americans want to use Yemen and Oman as a beachead to pressure Iran. Delhi a willing part of this alliance has already talked about regional reach. After its eviction from tajikistan, it seems to have been shut out of Central Asia by a combined Russian-Chinese and Pakistan move.
Iran, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia have in one week changed the energy map of Asia and Europe. By taking congtrol of Tajik gas and dividing them up between China, Russia and Iran, the Asian powers are asserting control of the energy resources of Central Asia–to the chagrin of Europe and the USA.
If America can get a safe saving victory out of Afghanistan, they may begin to withdraw their forces from the Afghan quagmire.
The next 18 months are going to be extremely important–if the US gets sucked into Yemen, and body bags begin rolling out of the Arabian peninsula, then there is a guarantee of a one term presidency. Mr. Obama will surely try to wage the Yemen war with drones.
Soaked in blood, with huge sacrifices, the Pakistanis and Afghans will wait it out– ’till 2011. Then the tide will begin turning towards victory. With a friendly government in Afghanistan and solid relations with the Tajiks and Uzbeks, a friendly China the entire area will begin moving towards its destiny.