China’s Gift To Pakistan – A Pair Of Eyes

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India and Pakistan have been locked in a rat race of nuclear arms since the two countries openly conducted nuclear weapons tests within days of one another in May 1998.Time and again tensions in the South Asian regions have escalated due to their rocket and missile programs.

On a day when India successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, reports have emerged that China has transferred a highly-sensitive missile technology to Pakistan. Reports suggests that the highly-sensitive tracking system, which has been sold to Pakistan by China, would help Islamabad develop multi-warheads.

The South China Morning Post quoted a leading Chinese think tank as confirming that China, which is the biggest arms supplier to Pakistan, has transferred the sensitive equipment to the South Asian country, which is India’s arch-rival.

 

China-made system has been deployed “at a firing range” by Pakistan’s military for use in testing and developing its new missiles. The report further said a Chinese team spent nearly three months in Pakistan to assemble and calibrate the tracking system. It also trained the technical staff on how to use it

 

The Chinese media outlet quoted Zheng Mengwei, a researcher at the China Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Optics and Electronics in Chengdu, Sichuan province, as saying that the China-made system has been deployed “at a firing range” by Pakistan’s military for use in testing and developing its new missiles. The report further said a Chinese team spent nearly three months in Pakistan to assemble and calibrate the tracking system. It also trained the technical staff on how to use it. “The system’s performance surpassed the user’s expectations,”

“We simply gave them a pair of eyes. They can use them to look at whatever they want to see, even the Moon,” Zheng said.

China appears to be succeeding in its ‘Great Game’ to exert influence in the Indian Ocean region and diminish India’s stature, analysts by the US-based think tank Atlantic Council say. An analysis by the think tank says one country after another in the Indian Ocean region is succumbing to China’s predatory economics. ANI reports quoting the Atlantic Council analysts that Pakistan Sri Lanka and the Maldives all are the latest victims to fall prey to China’s influence-exerting game. ■

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