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Beijing to Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar March 4, 2018Leave a commentIf the Baloch and the Chinese did hold secret talks, this clearly reflects a weakness of the Pakistani government in bringing the Baloch to the negotiation tableinShare9Both China and separatist Baloch nationalists in Balochistan have categorically denied a recent Financial Timesreport that revealed Beijing’s five-year-long covert contacts with the Baloch separatists to end the ongoing insurgency in the country’s largest province.Experts have directly tied the success of China’s flagship project, the Gwadar Port, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to peace and stability in Balochistan. Such contacts, therefore, seemed to be coming and they are completely possible.Since the FT report, based mostly on numerous unnamed sources, did not mention a particular leader, a group or a political party that the Chinese were interested in negotiating with, it is hard to predict th…