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A Primer on China’s String of Pearls Strategy How Pakistan is important to counter the Indian threat

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A Primer on

China’s String of Pearls Strategy

How Pakistan is important to counter the Indian threat

 

China is increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean region over the past few years through its Strings of Pearls strategy. The strategy is driven by China’s need to secure foreign oil and trade routes critical to its development. This has meant establishing an increased level of influence along sea routes through investment, port development and diplomacy. According to a study by the Congressional Research Office in 2011, China might develop, or eventually might choose to construct, a network of Chinese military and commercial assets in the Indian Ocean to support Chinese naval operations along the Sea Lane of Communications (SLOCs) which extend from the Chinese mainland to Port Sudan. Ultimately, those ‘bases’ would be used to house Chinese military assets. However, the Chinese Communist Party insists that China’s burgeoning naval strategy is completely peaceful and is only intended to protect regional commercial interests.

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