Beijing plans to turn Pakistan into its economic colony, reports a Pakistani newspaper leak. Proposals for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor revealed in a Pakistani newspaper envisage thousands of acres of agricultural land being leased to Chinese enterprises to set up demonstration projects and a fibre-optic system that will facilitate the dissemination of Chinese culture.
The proposals seem to confirm that Pakistan will become an economic colony of China as CPEC will help Beijing tighten its strategic embrace of its ally and provide it connectivity from Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Balochistan.
The range and scope of the plan is breathtaking, showing a deep penetration into Pakistan’s economic life.
This could have several implications for India – Pakistan’s sovereignty could be forfeited to Chinese interests and China would be uncomfortably close to India’s borders in the east and west. It would be a virtual ring-fence of India.