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Beijing is exploring a trilateral security cooperation with its neighbouring countries India and Pakistan, said a report published on NDTV on Friday.

Journalists representing the Global Times, an affiliate of the ruling Communist Party of China’s (CPC) People’s Daily publication group, paid a visit to Pakistan and sought views from scholars of Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) on a likely India-China-Pakistan trilateral cooperation.

Analysts based in Beijing consider it a vital initiative on China’s part to further its relations with India over rising concerns of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the possible shattering effect it could posit to the region, particularly China’s Xinjiang province where security forces were currently engaged in dealing with attacks launched by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

"So far no formal trilateral meeting has taken place, but the idea sounds excellent," Najam Rafique, senior IISS research fellow told NDTV about the joint trilateral mechanism.

Before that, a lot of ground needs to be covered, particularly in terms of India and Pakistan, he said.

"China can play a role in ensuring that both countries are able to disperse the historical barricades and move in terms of ensuring the security which is going to be based on not traditional military security, but economic, social and popular security in the region," he said.

Meanwhile, scholar Ahmed Rashid said China and Pakistan were currently building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor whereas China was also developing the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

He said the Chinese policy would pave way for better investment and economic relations in the region while also creating further room for cooperation.

Whereas analyst Malik Khokhar said a joint mechanism should be set up in order to reduce military hostilities among the three nations.

He said that in the absence of the mechanism, there would be unending competition because if India would compete against China, then it would definitely have more than enough capability to compete against Pakistan.

Scholar Rana Anjum said it was hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in India would work with China and Pakistan for greater prosperity in the region.

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Aurang Jun 27, 2014 03:50pm

Not a bad idea!

KRana@Seoul Jun 27, 2014 04:12pm

But the peoples in Pakistan who think they are only friends of China, are not happy with this deal

Iqbal Khan Jun 27, 2014 04:27pm

China sees far in future than Pakistan and India. It is in its favour to mend ties with 'under-value' India than to have a shadow of terror in its western region of Xinjiang. The current terror occurrences can badly affect China's long-term and government writ. Pakistan, on the other hand, is so far, not capable of handling the current security and political situation with its neighbours on its own. China's rapprochement in this regard may change the regional relations into an amicable environment.

Jani Jun 27, 2014 04:28pm

A long overdue move yet need of the hour, could bring about security and prosperity to the region. Big defense expenditure could be channelized to socio-economic uplift and poverty alleviation.

Irfan baloch Jun 27, 2014 04:59pm

good call as long as the weaker party is not forced to make all sacrifices it should be good for all countries

karim Jun 27, 2014 05:12pm

This will cause concern to pakistan and it will have to look for new friend maybe russia to counterbalance this chinese new approach.

Not a good idea to abandon old friends for new unless chinese discuss this with pakistan first and allay their concerns that this is not at the cost of pakistan china bilateral relationship which is time tested and without any faults

ProudtobeanINDIAN Jun 27, 2014 05:14pm

Chinese will flex their muscles once they feel they are dominating in the region... So be always watchful and careful when dealing with China...

Aurang Jun 27, 2014 05:20pm

@KRana@Seoul The Mullah and hardliners do not represent peoples of Pakistan - we are peace loving ordinary human beings just like all others - we do not want war with India or any other nation.

By the way, both, India and Pakistan have more in common than uncommon - land, culture, shared history, saints, dress code, language, poetry, music, family values, food ..... do I need to say more. It shame it took us so long to realise that!

G. Din Jun 27, 2014 05:43pm

China is in hot water with every neighour in South China Sea from Japan to Vietnam. Tibetans and Xinjiang want it out of their countries. Its relations with US are under strain. It wants any friends it can get. India will never trust it and it knows that too well. This proposal is a non-starter.

mariq Jun 27, 2014 05:43pm

Yes Pakistan may consider cooperating with india on security but only after the core issue and jugular vein of pakistan is resolved as per aspiraton of pakistan.

chintya Jun 27, 2014 05:46pm

I think chinese have finally learnt the age old saying " Keep your friends close enemy closer "

pervez Jun 27, 2014 05:52pm

This looks like a strategy change by china it has finally come to realise that keeping rivals at arms length will not benefit it as immensely as by engaging them and keeping a close watch on their activities and thereby manipulating them to achieve its own interests and pakistan should not be alarmed by this as china's target is india as it a rival and competitor and pakistan will surely benefit from this engagement.

Shyam Kokku Jun 27, 2014 07:39pm

Pakistan is no where near realizing that it's moving closer to being a failed state. In fact daily bombings, refusal of international airlines to operate to Pakistan, militant groups openly challenging government, lack of power at homes, many countries advising their citizens against travel to Pakistan, refusal of visas for Pakistanis in major countries - none of these seem to be waking the people from denial mode if one reads some comments below. I don't think Pakistan today is in a stage to choose their friends. Just accept if someone wants to be friendly!

A shah Jun 27, 2014 08:29pm

China needs India for trade and Pakistan for aid

Last Word Jun 27, 2014 09:03pm

China's equation with India has undergone a remarkable change after the new regime under Modi took charge in New Delhi. Modi had conveyed a stern message to China that it will no longer tolerate border incursions but may increase trade with it which might cross 100 billions. Moreover, China who is quite wary of India's strategic alliance with US wants cooperation with both India and Pakistan in furtherance of its interests in Afghanistan post 2014 scenario. It will be a win win situation for the three countries provided Pakistan gives up its strategic depth strategy which does not find favour with any of its neighbours including China and US.

hafiz Jun 27, 2014 10:54pm

@A shah small correction, China need India for trade. pakistan need China for aid..

Genesis Jun 27, 2014 11:02pm

Well China may need this tri-nation link but India should be watchful given the past experiences. How reliable and trustworthy can China be with is spate unstapled visas and Dalai Lama baiting.

KRana@Seoul Jun 28, 2014 12:07am

@Aurang Not only Mulla and hardliner I can give you big name from Pakistan who are liberal and always conscious about lil inclination of China about india

Khalid Jun 28, 2014 12:54am

@KRana@Seoul If Pakistan, India and Chine work together, they can beat the terrorism in all 3 countries within one month.

rama Jun 28, 2014 07:47am

Many countries abandoned Pakistan because of its double face on major issue, among the major countries only China support that is also purely for the military alliance not for any economical or social purpose. If China establish peaceful border with India and proceed development agenda with the muslim majority province then its current alliance with the Pakistan is not need. Like other country China will also abandoned Pakistan. Pakistan nuclear weapon is of no use once it is isolated. Pakistan civil society encourage the education (not the madrassa) and have the peaceful relation with the neighbors including India. Otherwise perish in absolute poverty

Aurang Jun 28, 2014 10:46am

@rama It takes two to tango - India too need to work with Pakistan and achieve peace. An isolated, unsecured and bitterly angry neighbour surely would not be in any ones' interest.

bharat Jun 28, 2014 10:53am


yes sir,very true. Indians only want good relations with your nation.

SLDUA Jun 28, 2014 07:26pm

@mariq : What about aspirations of India?

SLDUA Jun 28, 2014 07:32pm

@KRana@Seoul : Pakistanis claim exclusive rights over China's friendship.

arun Jun 29, 2014 12:30am

@A shah no pakistan needs chinese aid and chinese need pakistans counter-terrorism co-operation..

Raj Jun 29, 2014 06:37am

Q: Will India trust China?
A: Indians can trust Chinese people, but Indians I guess will not trust Chinese Govt., because Chinese Govt. don't represent Chinese People.

Osama Mir Jun 29, 2014 11:00am

We have to have strong ties with China & trade relationship with India in order to avoid further Collateral damage from US & Russia. These two super powers in hunger for more resourses & land will never let South Asia live in Peace.