According to NDTV
Written by Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Updated: March 12, 2016 22:53 IST
Besides, Pakistan has raised three independent infantry Brigades and two additional artillery regiments to protect the highway, security agencies have told New Delhi. A Brigade consists of least three regiments, each with about a 1,000 soldiers.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC starts from the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan, runs along the Makaran Coast turning north to connect Lahore and Islamabad, passes through Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and then runs into the Karakoram Highway, ending at Kashgar in the Xinjiang region of China.
Although China’s People’s Liberation Army or PLA will be positioned to protect the highway, its presence in Pakistan is a cause of concern for India. New Delhi has earlier objected to the presence to Chinese troops in the Gilgit-Baltistan area and a substantial portion of the additional forces being raised in Pakistan and the Chinese PLA are likely to be deployed in that area of PoK.
“We are closely watching these developments,” a top government official told NDTV, adding, “We have a fair idea of the number of Chinese troops that are likely to be positioned in Pakistan.”
There are indications that Pakistan is seriously attempting to annex this region into a fifth province of Pakistan, government sources said.
Pakistan’s moves to annex Gilgit-Baltistan have led to massive protest in the region and brutal crackdowns on the local population.
The first phase of the CPEC is likely to be functional by December 2016 and it is expected to be completely ready in three years, giving China direct access to the Indian Ocean and beyond.
The corridor is likely to be used, among other things, to transport fuel and petroleum products from the Gulf region into China. Its will shorten the route for China’s energy imports from the Middle East by about 12,000 km.
Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to build the highway and committed a whopping US dollars 46 billion for the project, during his visit to Pakistan last April.
China and Pakistan signed 20 cooperation agreements worth 10.35 billion yuan of $1.6 billion to strengthen their relationship. The governments also issued the Karamay Manifesto for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a major project under the Chinese government’s Belt and Road Initiative. (China, Pakistan sign $1.6bn deal to beef up CPEC, Aug 12, 2015 @valuewalk.com)
“It’s more than economic. It’s more to dominate the area and to help Pakistan for strategic purposes,” said S. Chandrasekharan, Director of the South Asia Analysis Group in New Delhi.
The issue is extremely contentious from India’s point of view. The project would pass through Gilgit-Baltistan, a disputed territory controlled by Pakistan but claimed by India.
The rail link is part of a multi-billion-dollar economic corridor between China and Pakistan that also includes work on a road link. The Chinese regime also has its eyes on the Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipelines through the region, which will significantly reduce the distance for China to import oil from Central Asia. (China Considers Rail Link Through Disputed Indo-Pakistani Territory, July 4, 2014 @theepochtimes.com)
Massive Burma-China pipeline carrying crude oil from the middle-east and natural gas from Burma will be completed in May and the oil and gas will start flowing in early June this year, according to Gao Jianguo the head of the Trans-Burma Pipeline Project under China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Burma side of the pipeline has already been completed and the China side will be completed at the end of this month. The actual flow tests are planned at the end of February and by the end of May this year the pipeline will be ready for the distribution of crude oil and natural gas. The pipeline is the joint project between MPGE (Myanmar Petroleum and Gas Enterprise) and CNPC.
The pipeline carrying crude oil from the middle-east connects the Burmese port town of Kyaukphyu in the Arrakan and the Chinese city of Kuming in the Yunan of China. The total length of the pipeline is 771 km and the flow capacity is 22 million metric-tons of crude oil a year.
Other pipeline carrying natural gas from Burma connects Kyaukphyu port and the Chinese cities of Kuming, Kaikyo, and Kyaungsi. Total length of the natural gas pipeline is 2806 km and the flow capacity is 12 billion cubic-meters. (Direct translation of News Article from The Myanmah Ahlin on 25 January 2013. Posted in article – Trans-Burma Oil & Gas Pipeline is Completed!, January 26, 2013 @hlaoo1980.blogspot.com)
China’s Strategic Plan to remove Excessive Reliance on Seaborne Oil Imports
The China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline was formally started on June 3, 2010 after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Myanmar President U Thein Sein jointly presided over an opening ceremony in Nay Pyi Daw. With a total investment of 30 billion yuan ($4.7 billion), the pipeline could deliver 23 million tons of oil and 12 billion cubic meters of natural gas every year to China.
China now imports 4.6 mbpd of crude oil the 40% of its massive crude oil consumption (almost 9 million-barrels-per-day) and almost all of that imported oil comes by sea route through nearly-choking Malacca Straits which is effectively controlled by US Navy’s Super-Carrier Strike Groups.
To protect China’s oil imports Chinese leadership drew a strategic plan in early 2000s to remove that excessive reliance on the seaborne oil shipments. And the Trans-Burma and Trans-Pakistan pipelines, and the pipelines from Russia and Kazakhstan are the direct results of that strategic plan. ( Posted in article – Trans-Burma Oil & Gas Pipeline is Completed!, January 26, 2013 @hlaoo1980.blogspot.com)