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The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics

Xinjiang is China’s only Muslim-majority province and by some way its largest, encompassing more than a sixth of Chinese territory. Its land boundaries span Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, India, and the entirety of China’s 520km border with Pakistan. The region holds China’s most substantial deposits of oil, coal and natural gas, as well as sensitive military installations such as the Lop Nur nuclear weapons testing facility. Since the 1990s, it has also been the source of the principal terrorist threat facing China, though the real scale and nature of that threat continue to be a matter of controversy.Xinjiang has long been wracked with tension between the Chinese state, the swelling ranks of Han Chinese migrants, and the native Uighur population. Aspirations towards greater autonomy or outright independence have never been far from the surface of political life in the province, and the consolidation of stable Chinese government authority has been …

Pakistani forces abduct 44 people in two days to appease China about 21 hours ago

 QUETTA: Pakistan army, FC and intelligence agencies have disappeared at least 44 Baloch from different areas of Balochistan in past two days as Dasht offensive enters the 39th day. The residents of affected areas fear that the unprovoked attacks against Baloch people residing near CPEC route are an attempt to appease China and pave way for ‘ethic flooding’ in Gwadar and rest of the coastal belt in Balochistan. On Wednesday, the Pakistani forces attacked Shooli and Jamni areas of Dasht in Turbat area of district Kech Balochistan. They have harassed women and children and broke windows and doors of houses during their rampage. They looted two cars, four motorcycles and a significant amount of cash and jewellery from the houses of innocent people. During the Dasht offensive, Pakistan forces rounded at least 22 men, made them stand in one line and then loaded them the military vehicles. The whereabouts all the abducted men remained unknown till the filing of this report. Wednesday’s vi…