The embassy of Pakistan in Beijing has decided to hold a puppet show to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China. The show is set to take place at the China Puppet Art Theatre on March 21, 2021.
The initiative has been taken in collaboration with China Puppet Art Theatre and Rafi Peer Art Theatre, while the show will be held to celebrate Pakistan-China civilisational and cultural heritage through puppets and related art on World Puppetry Day.
Pakistan and China have agreed to hold over 100 events to mark the 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations in a wide range of areas, including the political, economic, trade, cultural, and military sectors.
China has invested in Bangladesh, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Greece. Nothing compared to Pakistan, China afforded $56 billion loans to China under CPEC. The real puppet is Pakistan that the Chinese business and communist party have captured.
Over the years, China has successfully taken ultimate control of the political, military and economic affairs of Pakistan.
Since 2016, President Xi Jinping has pushed for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a CPEC authority that would bring the country’s infrastructure and power-generation projects under his direct control.
Though the Nawaz Sharif government rejected the proposal, it was finally accepted by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistan, a perfect puppet of China
According to an article by Ali Salman Andani published in the Asia Times, Khan, a puppet of the military establishment, was able to manipulate the law to fulfil Xi’s desires to control the planning ministry of Pakistan.
“I consider Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives as one of the most crucial state institutions, whose senior bureaucrats could implicitly scrutinise and resist Xi’s draconian CPEC scheme, as they had access to all of the secret documents on the agreement and were involved, directly and indirectly, in the decision-making process,” Andani opined.
“So long as the reins were under the control of civilian institutions led by representatives of the people and civil servants, thorough accountability of Xi’s master plan at least at some level and at some point in time – if not at once – was possible. Sidelining the civil institutions altogether would allow Xi to play on both sides of the board,” he said.
Andani said, “Xi doesn’t want the Belt and Road Initiative or any of its components to be held accountable or face resistance. He knows that his Chinese Dream of indoctrination of a majority of free people of the world by 2050 will not be fulfilled if the people of the countries victimised by the BRI come to know about his strategy to destroy their futures and those of their future generations.”
He said that the CPEC authority would be the Communist Party of China’s (CPC’s) authorised representative in Pakistan responsible for conceiving, implementing, expanding, enforcing, controlling, regulating, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and carrying out all activities related to the CPEC.
The CPEC authority will also provide the constitutional power to initiate any investigation or even impose penalties against any public office holder, including the Prime Minister and President of Pakistan, or those directly or indirectly involved in CPEC-related activities wilfully resisting directions, instructions or specified orders, Andani said while adding, “Even the Prime Minister’s powers will be limited to what is specified in the CPEC Authority Bill 2020. So he too will have to obey Xi’s commands.”
“The truth is that Xi is burdening those countries in debt traps while they are already suffering from intense balance-of-payments crises. Xi will slowly poison Pakistan and other poor economies by creating extreme shortages of foreign exchange reserves. In the end, these countries will have to accept the invasion of their political and economic systems by the Communist Party of China,” he said.
Economic Collapse and corruption
The economy of Pakistan is facing a severe crisis due to various domestic and international reasons. There is no certainty in Pakistan’s policies because the country’s governance keeps changing hands between the Army and pseudo-democratic regimes. Foreign investors pulled out almost $7 billion from the stock exchange of Pakistan because they could not see any stability in the country. There is a severe balance of payments problem in the country as the imports are at an all-time high, while exports and foreign investments are very low. The elites of the country are laundering money outside the country, as a recent report by the Swiss National Bank revealed that Pakistani people have more money deposited in Swiss banks than their Indian counterparts despite having a smaller economy.
The fact that Pakistan has more total deposits in Swiss Banks than India, despite having an economy almost a tenth the size of India’s, indicates that corruption in the Islamic state is rampant and that the upper sections of society don’t trust the powers that be in Pakistan.
China loaned Pakistan’s Finance Ministry more than US$5 billion during the financial year 2017-18 and US$6 billion in financing for CPEC projects granted over the last two and a half years. China is the only country giving money to Pakistan since all the other sources of foreign funding have dried up. America has stopped funding Pakistan because it suspects that the government has failed to curb money laundering and terrorism financing. It’s Middle Eastern allies do not give money because Pakistan refused to join the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen.
Pakistan hand-in Gwadar port
Gwadar has long been touted as a Chinese base suitable for People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) operations. However, it is certainly not inevitable that Gwadar will become a PLAN base, even though its location has a lot going on from a Chinese perspective.
China pursues a “strategic strong point” concept whereby strategically sited foreign ports containing terminals and commercial zones operated by Chinese firms can be used by its military. Of course, high-level coordination between Chinese officials, state-owned enterprises and private firms makes this concept workable, especially when connecting infrastructures such as railways, roads and pipelines.
Gwadar is important to Beijing for three reasons. One is establishing direct transport links to the Indian Ocean via the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In this respect, China does not need its Gwadar investment to create a monetary return, for it is a strategic investment. The second factor is that Gwadar helps anchor or stabilise western China, a region where Beijing feels vulnerable to Islamic agitation. The third factor, Gwadar port, boost China’s capability to place a nuclear submarine to India’s doorstep.
If Gwadar’s infrastructure projects mature, it could become a critical peacetime replenishment or transfer point for PLA equipment and personnel. Prepositioning parts, supplies and other materials would beneficially leverage the port and airport.
China’s strategic relationship with Pakistan must be understood from an international perspective, specifically the interlocking geopolitical relationships between China, the United States, India and Russia.
During the conflict in Galway Valley, China placed brigade-size military artillery inside Pakistan’s Khunjerab Pass over Karakoram Highway. The Karakoram Highway was built under Chinse loan and paid by Pakistani taxpayers. Rarely a truck passes by the Khunjerab Pass, and there is no trade route between mountainous terrain.
Pakistan developed new overland border crossings with China to potentially boost the allies’ military interoperability against Indian forces in Ladakh and the rest of Kashmir.
Analysts say this will increase Beijing and Islamabad’s military interoperability against Indian forces in the region, ringing alarm bells in New Delhi.
Proposals floated this month by the government of the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region primarily aim to pave the way for a new transit and trade route between China and Pakistan’s neighbours Afghanistan and Iran.
China and Pakistan are currently connected only by the Karakoram Highway via a single crossing in the Khunjerab Pass.
The bankrupt Pakistan economy is on the verge of dissolution, just breathing on Arabian glucose and Chinese saline. Indeed, its economy is more deplorable than Greece. Now puppet Pakistan regime is at the beck and call of its master China.
© 2021, GDC. © GDC and www.globaldefensecorp.com. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to www.globaldefensecorp.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.