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China, Pakistan to jointly fight 5th generation warfare

In order to combat the modern threat of 5th generation warfare, China-Pak cooperation has potentially taken a new turn.

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“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” – Sun Tzu.

As per foreign sources, there has been a significant increase in recent cooperation between China and Pakistan in terms of military intelligence. In the age of 5th generation warfare, information is more important than any weapon and can win any battle before it begins.

On the 15th June Galwan Clash in Ladakh between India and China, US intelligence reported that The Chinese military had far superior knowledge of Indian troop’s movement and positioning. The assumption was that Pakistan played the Key role in sharing the information with Chinese Intelligence agencies.

Since the administration of John F Kennedy, the US has been following the policy of “Strategic Encirclement of China.” The approach is to geopolitically surround China from all sides to isolate it like the infamous “Iron Curtain” days. In the modern-day era of globalization, this can provide fatal for the well-being of any nation.

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The Trump administration truly shifted the strategy into top gear, openly declaring a trade war on China. However, to fully achieve this goal, the US desperately needs the help of India, China’s southern neighbor, and an economic giant on its own right.

Such tactics can be observed through the signing of deals such as BECA, under which India has been able to access American intelligence capabilities such as geospatial satellites used for pinpoint enemy positions.

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A Chinese frontier defense soldier and a Pakistani frontier defense policeman engage in a friendly competition of arm wrestling

Under such conditions, it is only natural that China would look towards its trusted ally in the regions, its “Iron Brother.” While China has always followed the policy of not meddling in the affairs of other countries, due to CPEC, the two countries have a lot of shared interests, only increasing with time. Hence, a rise in information sharing is most likely expected.

Read More: US and India sign BECA, putting Pakistan in a vulnerable position

The appointment of Nong Rong as Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan is also a peculiar move. While not being a career diplomat Nong Rong is a trade expert who will play a key role in the development of CPEC.

His resume makes him ideally suited to help boost work on the project and ensure its safety from all threats, local or foreign. The BLA in Pakistan, which has often threatened the CPEC project by attacking Chinese officials, is often reported to be supported by RAW.

The three neighbors currently compete on the battlegrounds of military, economy, and information. With the US having its own vested interests in the region, developments often have multiple layers of complications.

With China now aiming for the No 1 spot currently occupied by the US, it is a classic situation perfectly summarised by the “Thucydides Trap.”

“When one great power threatens to displace another, war is almost always the result — but it doesn’t have to be.”

It now seems this entire saga is destined to reach its conclusion in this very region with only one possible outcome. Until somebody comes out on top, there won’t be any reprieve of any sort.

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