China may consider “to get involved” if India tries to sabotage the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the Balochistan province cautioned a renowned Chinese think-tank.
China has taken a serious note of reference to Balochistan in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech.
Modi’s speech is the “latest concern” for Chinese, Hu Shisheng, the director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at China Institute of Contemporary International Relations told PTI.
The expert said, China now fears India may “use anti-government elements” in the restive province of Balochistan. Currently China is building its ambitious CPEC project in the region. CPEC has been projected as an intrgral part of China’s expansionist `One Road, One Belt’ policy.
Hu added “If this kind of plot causes damage to CPEC, China will have to get involved,” referring to India’s alleged role in supporting the freedom movements in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK).
CPEC has been projected as an integral part of China’s expansionist `One Road, One Belt’ policy.
Hu added “If this kind of plot causes damage to CPEC, China will have to get involved,” referring to India’s alleged role in supporting the freedom movements in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
The think-tank is considered as China’s most influential group and is associated with its ministry of state security.
Hu, added China is concerned about India growing friendship with US and especially its stand on the troubled territory of South China Sea, claimed by China as its own.
“My personal view is that if India is adamant and if Indian factor is found by China or Pakistan in disrupting the process of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), if that becomes a reality, it will really become a disturbance to China-India relations, India-Pakistan relations,” South Asia expert Hu Shisheng said.
He cautioned that China may take extreme steps if the situation worsens.
“If that happens China and Pakistan could have no other way but take united steps. I want to say that the Pakistan factor could surge again to become the most disturbing factor in China-India relations, even more than the Tibet, border and trade imbalance issues,” Hu told PTI.