According to the Financial Times report, Pakistan is continuously reducing its dependence from the US in military technology.
According to this report, China is now meeting Pakistan’s military needs. It has been warned in the report that this change can result in a variety of reaction in the geopolitical perspective of the area. The Financial Times report has been prominently highlighted in the Pakistani media.
It is reported in this report that shifting Pakistan from America to China had begun in the last few months of Obama administration when the US Congress banned the sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan.
According to the report, Pakistan felt that the military might not be dependent on the United States for a long time.
According to the Financial Times, Pakistan, after taking care of F-16 Fighter Jet, started working on developing JF-17 fighter jets in collaboration with China.
The US Congress took a tough stand against Pakistan on F-16, then Pakistan started looking for military equipment in the other partner. Instead of the United States, China has begun to develop arms in the house with the help of China or Pakistan.
Statistics of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute have also been used in this report. Statistics of arms deals between the USA and Pakistan have been given since 2010.
It has been reported in the report that the arms deal between USA and Pakistan has slipped from $ 1 billion to $ 2.1 million last year. Although the size of the arms deal also declined between China and Pakistan during this period, but its speed is slow.
Pakistan’s arms deal with China reached $ 74.4 million to $ 51.4 million. At the same time, China was ranked first in terms of arms sales to Pakistan.
The report says that such shifting is happening when Pakistan is feeling that India and the US are coming closer.
However, according to the report, it started in 2011, after the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil. After this conclusion, the relations between the two countries were historically poor.
In January this year, American President Donald Trump had canceled military aid to Pakistan from one of his decisions.
After this, the relations between the two countries have got worse. According to the Financial Times, the immediate effect was that Pakistan too gave less than the least importance to the United States.
In particular, on the issue of Afghanistan, Pakistan started unheard of the United States.
Harrison H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy Research Harrison Akkins, at the University of Tennessee from the Financial Times said, “Dependency will depend on China for the weapons of Pakistan with the policy of Trump. So far, the USA used to supply military supplies and now China will do it. ”
This report says that this progress will have a profound impact in the long run. According to the report, arms sales system will be transferred in the system. The Financial Times says that Pakistan has bought weapons from China for decades.
Pakistan started with war in India after the war in 1965 with the cheapest weapon buying from USA. After this war, Pakistan’s diplomacy started growing with Pakistan, and China came closer.
This report says that in the 1980s and 1990s, China provided Pakistan with the technology to develop nuclear weapons. Until the beginning of the 1990s, it was astonishing for America that China had sold 30 M-11 missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons to Pakistan.
This report says that military relations between Pakistan and China have changed over the past decade. China is now selling high-end systems from Pakistan, about which the United States had ever thought of for the Pakistani army.
“The relations and cooperation between Pakistan and China have gone a long way,” said Jon Gravot, an analyst from Defense Research Company, IHS Mark, told the Financial Times. Since 2010, China is providing A-100 Rocket Launcher and HQ-16 Air Defense missile to Pakistan while the VT4 Tanks test is going to Pakistan.
According to this report, Pakistan first flew two JF-17s in 2007, which cost one-third of the F-16. After this, China also shared its design with Pakistan so that the army of Pakistan could build it on its own. In 2015, Pakistan launched a drone attack on the border of Afghanistan and the drone was fully visible in Chinese design.
In October 2016, when the US was not ready to pay the F-16 at a lower price, within a month, China agreed to give eight warships to Pakistan for $ 5 billion. This was China’s biggest deal for Pakistan. The report says that all this is happening when Pakistan is feeling that the US is coming closer to India.
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