Moscow declared strong support for the China Pak Corridor and announced its intention to link the Eurasian Economic Union project with CPEC.
While India has unsuccessfully tried to isolate Pakistan, accusing it as the epicenter of terrorism, the international community sees Pakistan in a completely different light, something that is more than evident from Russia’s growing warmth towards Pakistan and China. Russia, one of the closest allies of India, has not only shown a heightened interest in the China Pak Corridor (China Pakistan Economic Corridor, CPEC), but it declared its intention to link the Eurasian Economic Union project with it.
The China Pak Corridor will link Pakistan’s Baluchistan province to Xinjiang in China. Essentially, that will link China’s landlocked border to Pakistan’s coastal city Gwadar via a series of corridors both rail and road. Reports last month were circulating in the Pakistani media regarding Russia’s intention to join CPEC however, reportedly Moscow denied any such reports. Russia’s ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov has recently been very vocal about Russia’s intention of linking its own Eurasian Economic Union project with China Pak Corridor. He said that Russia “strongly” supported CPEC.
According to Times of India a strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney said,
It is as if Moscow no longer sees India as a reliable friend or partner. Indeed, by seeking common cause with India’s regional adversaries – including by supporting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through internationally disputed territory and engaging with Pakistan-backed Taliban – Russia is challenging India’s core interests.
India maintains that it sees no downtrend in its relationship with Russia. Russia maintains that being close to Pakistan doesn’t mean swaying away from India, which is a reasonable ground to stand on. Aligning with the China Pak Corridor in order to pursue mutual benefits is hardly an act of sidelining India.
Perhaps it’s about that time for India to stop meddling and maybe find a positive way it can use CPEC and look for mutual benefits rather than sabotaging a project that could potentially change the entire region for the better.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.