Why Modi’s reference to Balochistan leaves China red-faced

Why Modi’s reference to Balochistan leaves China red-faced

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech has ultimately ended up annoying China.

Top Indian newspapers today reported how the PM’s Balochistan reference has left China red-faced.

Observers say by referring to this issue the PM as such wanted to raise the issue of human rights violations in the Pak-occupied Kashmir in a bid to blunt Pak’s sustained campaign against India but this has ultimately irked China. So, why China gets angry over this stand by India?

“China’s concerns primarily revolve around its $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) plan that runs from its western Xinjiang region to Gwadar Arabian Sea port in Balochistan,” writes India Today on Monday.

The paper adds, a number of Chinese security experts see the PM’s remarks as suggesting India might look to “destabilize” the corridor in the unrest-hit Balochistan where Pakistan has been brutally suppressing rebellion.

Another prominent Indian daily, The Times of India too has carried a story saying how Chinese scholars are deeply disturbed by the PM’s reference to Balochistan.

“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 was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

“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 tells the paper.

Another Indian paper The New Indian Express carried similar story. “China will have “to get involved” if any Indian ‘plot’ disrupts the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in restive Balochistan,” the paper wrote quoting IANS.

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