China relies on Pakistan to show military, economic might: Pentagon
The report said that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is linked to pipeline and port construction projects in Pakistan.
But with the help of those projects, China wants to be “less dependent on the transportation of energy resources through strategic choke points such as the Malacca Straits.”
The report noted that Beijing also seeks to leverage the relationships built through the BRI to pursue additional economic cooperation with participating countries.
It recalled that in 2021, 10 Chinese nationals were killed, and 26 others were injured, when a suicide bomber targeted a labor bus on its way to a BRI infrastructure development project in Pakistan.
However, the report claimed that China used the incident to expand its ability to project military power to protect its foreign interests, including the BRI, by “developing closer regional and bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation” with Pakistan. Done for